Separation Anxiety Disorder
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Dick-Niederhauser, A. and Silverman, W. K. 2010. Separation Anxiety Disorder. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a common psychiatric disorder of childhood and early adolescence characterized by recurrent excessive and unrealistic fear of separation from home or major attachment figures, typically the mother. SAD can interfere considerably with social, family, and academic functioning and often leads to age-inappropriate behaviors. SAD should not be confused with separation anxiety, which occurs as a normal stage of development during the first year of life, when infants begin to understand that they are separate from their primary caregiver.
- separation anxiety;
- separation anxiety disorder;