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separation anxiety


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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

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