from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A child's apprehension associated with separation from a parent or other caregiver.
- n. Anxious behavior exhibited by a domestic animal in the absence of its owner or custodian.
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- n. A psychological condition in some children, characterized by apprehension when separated from a parent
- n. Similar anxious behaviour of a domestic animal in the absence of its owner
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In 1960, Bowlby made waves by arguing that the “processes of mourning” in adults was akin to the three phases of separation anxiety that he had delineated in young children: protest, despair, and detachment.