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Separation anxiety in children--Treatment;


The purpose of this paper is to discuss what Separation Anxiety Disorder is, what causes SAD symptoms in some children, successful assessment methods, and finally treatment and intervention options available and the efficacy of each one. The focus of this paper is on research based interventions with the intention of finding the most successful and empirically based intervention available. The most widely used and empirically based intervention available at this time is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Alternative methods of treatment include psycho-education for mild cases and CBT plus medication for severe cases.

Many areas need further research and future studies need more comparisons to active control groups, not just wait-list control groups. Some of the areas needing future research include: medications and their safety; CBT and variations of it; and the affects of the family on recovery. Lastly, the most effective and time efficient therapy should be found that includes both group and family components.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Suzanne Freedman


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