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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 375
Professor
Daniel Conway
Semester
Fall

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Children Who Grow Up Without a Mother: Maternal Abandonment: When a mother physically, emotionally, or psychologically  removed herself from her children. She ends or ignores her responsibility to parent her  children. Effects of Maternal Abandonment on the Child: 1. Low Self Esteem: a. “My mom didn’t love me because she left me.” 2. Confusion: a. “Why did my mother leave me?” 3. Guilt: a. “I must have done something really bad, and that’s why she left me.” 4. Fear of other Adults: a. “If I love another adult, they will also leave me.” • Physical abandonment is the most common form of maternal abandonment o Sudden, unexpected, the child feels shock • Psychological is another o Mother treats the child with coldness, apathy or indifference o Sometimes due to the mother’s own past trauma and not intentional Maternal or Paternal Abandonment Worse? • Maternal Abandonment is Worse • A study shows that females living with their mother and males living with their  mother scored higher in school compared to females and males living with their  father. o Their social and behavioral problems were the same, as well as self­ esteem. • A study shows that even leaving your children at daycare can have a negative  effect on their psyche just because of their maternal deprivation. That’s only for a  couple hours a day, so you can only 
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