PROSPECTIVE EVALUATION OF MATERNAL PRIVATION IN YOUNG GIRLS: AN ANALYSIS OF ANNE FRANK'S “THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL”

Keywords:

Ann Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl 1993, Bowlby’s PDD model; protest, despair, detachment, Gender Studies, Maternal privation, Psychology, Reattachments

Abstract

This research paper reveals behavioral patterns of Anne Frank regarding maternal privation through thematic analysis of her autobiography, “The Diary of a Young Girl” (1993). Bowlby’s PDD model provides theoretical background that helps in understanding the role of a mother in upbringing a female child. The findings reveal that maternal privation causes distortion in Anne’s behavior and she goes through various stages of distress. This study unveils that Anne at first becomes impertinent due to her mother's incessant criticism. Then, she stops interacting with people in the despair stage. But finally, she becomes independent of her mother. The findings of this research extend Bowlby’s stages of PDD model and contribute another possible stage “Cyclic Reattachments” to it which shows that the behavioral changes of a female child do not end here; rather a prominent cyclic pattern of unstable reattachments is formed throughout her life. Moreover, this paper suggests that the findings of the study appear to be very helpful in establishing a strong mother-daughter relationship where mothers could perhaps avoid privation by being a secure and trustworthy guiding figure in their female child’s life. In this way, they would be able to listen to them and would ensure love, guidance and security to raise a healthy generation.
 

Published

2022-05-23

How to Cite

PROSPECTIVE EVALUATION OF MATERNAL PRIVATION IN YOUNG GIRLS: AN ANALYSIS OF ANNE FRANK’S “THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL”. (2022). Pakistan Journal of Society, Education and Language (PJSEL), 8(2), 52-63. Retrieved from https://pjsel.jehanf.com/index.php/journal/article/view/711