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ERIC Number: ED533386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Children Who Won't Go to School (Separation Anxiety). Facts for Families. Number 7
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (NJ1)
Going to school is usually an exciting and enjoyable event for young children. However, for some it can cause intense fear or panic. Parents should be concerned if their child regularly complains about feeling sick or often asks to stay home from school with minor physical complaints. Not wanting to go to school may occur at any time, but is most common in children 5-7 and 11-14, times when children are dealing with the new challenges of elementary and middle school. These children may suffer from a paralyzing fear of leaving the safety of their parents and home. The child's panic and refusal to go to school is very difficult for parents to cope with, but these fears and behavior can be treated successfully, with professional help. This paper presents symptoms and behaviors that are common among children with separation anxiety disorder.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 3615 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Tel: 202-966-7300; Fax: 202-966-2891; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)