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Introduction: Motherlove, The Baby's Greatest Need (00:37)


During this study, psychology professionals create case studies with mothers and newborns. They will document behavior that is common to the subjects.

Part I: Motherlove (07:30)

During the first year of life, mothers provide all of their child's necessities, including food, shelter, and love. Psychologists observe a mother nursing her child during different phases of his life. They note how the pair interacts and expressions of love.

Part II: The Loss of Motherlove (11:10)

The experiment follows the lives of four children who lost their mothers and did not receive an adequate substitute for motherly love. Note the children's reactions; researchers explain how the children developed following trauma.

Credits: (00:11)

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Motherlove, The Baby's Greatest Need

Part of the Series : René A. Spitz: Problems in Infancy
DVD (Chaptered) Price: $129.95
DVD + 3-Year Streaming Price: $194.93
3-Year Streaming Price: $129.95



This silent film features Renée Spitz's original footage of his studies on child development in the first year and the importance to babies of the basic needs: food, shelter, and someone to love them. The video shows the healthy development of a child who is well-loved and cared for, as well as the problems faced by children who have lost their mothers and who have inadequate mother substitutes, highlighting their mourning reactions. Black & white.

Length: 20 minutes

Item#: BVL160116

ISBN: 978-1-64481-335-5

Copyright date: ©1951

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