Separation anxieties are a part of normal family life, whether they arise from the progress of children toward independence or from accidental crises, which threaten the integrity of the family (Argles & Mackenzie, 1970). Family conflict tends to heighten such anxieties, and moreover they are often deliberately or unconsciously exploited, for a variety of reasons. This exploitation usually takes the form of separation threats, either explicit or implied in certain types of family transactions. Children are especially vulnerable to such threats, and experience them more commonly than may be supposed (Newson & Newson, 1968).