Stranger and separation anxiety

Anat Scher, Judith Harel, Tamar Simon

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In the second half of the first year, infants show signs of distress when approached by an unfamiliar person and when their primary caregiver leaves. The study of these phenomena underscores the link between advances in the child’s ability to mentally represent people and events, along with changes in the emotional tie to the caregiver. Separation anxiety is an important psychological construct within several emotional development theories. While the reaction is normative, some children develop a separation anxiety disorder (SAD).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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  • Attachment
  • Developmental milestone
  • Distress
  • Eight-month anxiety
  • Fear of strangers
  • Person permanence
  • Regulation
  • Separation anxiety
  • Separation-individuation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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