Separation Anxiety Disorder Research Paper by Nicky

Separation Anxiety Disorder
This paper researches separation anxiety and how it affects cognitive development in children.
# 148112 | 2,513 words | 10 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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Beginning with a discussion of the commonality of separation anxiety, this paper provides information on how this type of anxiety affects a child's development. The writer continues on to discuss the pathophysiological aspects of separation anxiety. The conclusion is that separation anxiety is natural and just another part of a child's development.

Parental loss or separation SAD
Parental role in SAD
Daycare woes
SAD and development of other psychiatric disorders
Treatment of SAD

From the Paper:

"Separation anxiety is one of the most common forms of anxiety and is a part of the normal cognitive development of the child. It usually develops in a child from the 7th month and peaks before 18 months during which period the child does not want to loose the company of the mother or the father even for a brief length of time. Around 4 or 5 years the child is able to understand that the separation is only temporary and therefore effectively overcomes the distress. However, some children may not effectively cope with this change and exhibit symptoms of separation anxiety such as crying, clinging, whining, silence, etc. [Joelle Belmonte] Somatic symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness and nausea maybe more common among older children. School refusal is a common behavioral concern among children with SAD. Statistics show that one third of all children diagnosed with SAD have a comorbid depressive disorder. [Bettina E Bernstein] Environmental stressors such as death of one of the parents or a close person, parental divorce, being raised by over protective or depressed parents are all high risk factors making a child vulnerable for SAD. The DSM-IV defines Separation anxiety disorder as a "common anxiety disorder that consists of excessive anxiety beyond that expected for the child's developmental level related to separation or impending separation from the attachment figure (eg, primary caretaker, close family member) occurring in children younger than 18 years and lasting for at least 4 weeks. [Bettina E Bernstein] A brief overview of the condition and several studies that discuss the risk factors as well as discussion of the management of SAD would help us better understand the disorder."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Osone, Akira (A); Takahashi, Saburo (S) (Sep, 2006), 'Possible link between childhood separation anxiety and adulthood personality disorder in patients with anxiety disorders in Japan.' The Journal of clinical psychiatry, vol 67 (issue 9): pp 1451-7
  • Karl Karlovec M.D. & Kurosch Yazdi, M.D (2008), ' Separation Anxiety Disorder and School refusal in Childhood: Potential Risk Factor for Developing Distinct Psychiatric Disorders?' J Clin Psychiatry. vol 10(1): 72-73.
  • Lewinsohn PM & Holm-Denoma JM (May 2008) ,' Separation Anxiety Disorder in Childhood as a risk factor for Future mental Illness', J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 47(5):548-55
  • Jeffery J Wood (Sep 2006), 'Parental Intrusiveness and Children's Separation Anxiety in a Clinical Sample', Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Vol 37, No 1,
  • Seligman LD & Wuyek LA (Mar 2007) , 'Correlates of separation anxiety symptoms among first-semester college students: an exploratory study.', Journal of Psychology, 141(2):135-45

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