Dr John Bowlby described this as the process of 'monotropy'. By a mechanism which he saw as very similar to imprinting, Dr John Bowlby considered that the young infant developed a
Some of the returning servicemen included lawyers who later went on to become judges. For example Lord Donaldson who became Master of the Rolls, served with the Guards Armoured Divisional Signals in North-West Europe from 1942-45 and with the Military Government in Schleswig-Holstein before called to Bar, Middle Temple, 1946.
Rutter also relied on the proofs of other researchers.
Newson (1974) argued that mothering skills are not in any way innate or instinctive. Instead, they are skills, which are acquired through practice in communicating with that particular individual baby. As you get to know a baby, and see it as having human sensibilities and a 'personality', you also become more able to detect and understand that baby's responses. Babies, on their part, learn very fast, and respond more to those people who are sensitive to their actions.
They are also, as Schaffer and Emerson (1964) showed, more likely to form attachments with people who respond sensitively to them. The implication here is that interacting with babies is a learned skill; and that fathers can acquire these skills just as mothers do, given motivation and opportunity.
The early study by Schaffer and Emerson also showed that infants could develop multiple attachments - several of the infants in their study were as attached to their fathers as to their mothers. Some, too, had developed an attachment to the father but not to the mother, even though it was the mother who was looking after them most of the time. In such cases, always, it was the father who responded most sensitively to the child.
Nevertheless if Dr John Bowlby's theory does not 'work' for women then the same applies to men. Many campaigning fathers also believe that their children will suffer great damage if their 'natural bond' is broken. But in reality children do not suffer as a result of 'deprivation'.