School Refusal (cont.)
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Author: Bettina E Bernstein, DO, Consulting Staff, Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Child Psychiatry, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
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Last Editorial Review: 7/5/2012
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.