The Role of Childhood Experience in Cognitive Disturbance

  • John Bowlby


The evidence that adverse experiences with parents during childhood play a large part in causing cognitive disturbance is now substantial. For example, at least some cases in which perceptions and attributions are distorted and some states of amnesia, both minor and major including cases of multiple personality, can be shown with considerable confidence to be the outcome of such experiences. Yet systematic research into these causal sequences is still scarce. Having myself recognized the importance of the area a little belatedly, all that I can do in this brief chapter is to open a door to a field calling urgently for a major research effort.


Childhood Experience Cognitive Disturbance Sexual Theme Multiple Personality Preadolescent Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Bowlby
    • 1
  1. 1.Tavistock InstituteLondon, NW 3England

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