Journal article

The relationship between separation anxiety and impairment

Debra L Foley, Richard Rowe, Hermine Maes, Judy Silberg, Lindon Eaves, Andrew Pickles

JOURNAL OF ANXIETY DISORDERS | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

The goal of this study was to characterize the contemporaneous and prognostic relationship between symptoms of separation anxiety disorder (SAD) and associated functional impairment. The sample comprised n=2067 8-16-year-old twins from a community-based registry. Juvenile subjects and their parents completed a personal interview on two occasions, separated by an average follow-up period of 18 months, about the subject's current history of SAD and associated functional impairment. Results showed that SAD symptoms typically caused very little impairment but demonstrated significant continuity over time. Older youth had significantly more persistent symptoms than younger children. Prior symptom..

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