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Separation Anxiety Disorder in School-Age Children: What Health Care Providers Should Know.

Authors
  • Vaughan, Jerrica
  • Coddington, Jennifer A
  • Ahmed, Azza H
  • Ertel, MaryLou
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
Volume
31
Issue
4
Pages
433–440
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.11.003
PMID: 28012800
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is the most common childhood anxiety disorder, and it has many consequences, particularly for school-age children. These consequences include excessive worry, sleep problems, distress in social and academic settings, and a variety of physical symptoms that, left untreated, can cause social and academic decline. Pediatric providers routinely see children in the primary care office and have the unique opportunity to diagnose, treat, and manage children with SAD. Despite this, SAD continues to be underdiagnosed and undertreated because of a gap in the literature regarding evidence-based practice guidelines for pediatric providers. The purpose of this article is to discuss the diagnosis and management of SAD in school-age children and highlight the role of pediatric providers in managing separation anxiety.

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