School Refusal (cont.)
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Prognosis of School Refusal
When the behavior is fairly new and/or not routine, children often do very well with just a little help from parents and teachers. Once school refusal becomes significant enough to be termed a disorder and has begun to go on for several weeks, the prognosis is still excellent with treatment.
Bettina E Bernstein, DO
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According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), separation anxiety is a fairly 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.