In which stage of separation anxiety does a child act sad and apathetic?


•Separation anxiety generally occurs in children between the ages of 8 months and 3 years. Hospitalization can trigger these stages as a parent may be away from the child for long periods of time.

The three stages of separation anxiety are:

1) Protest--Crying and making a scene. Usually will refuse comfort from anyone but primary caregiver. Sometimes it can last for days with the child only sleeping when exhausted. Older children may be agressive or uncooperative.

2)Despair--Child begins to accept parents are not going to be around. They act sad, apathetic and depressed. Older children may lose interest in activities and food.

3)Detachment--Child begins to adjust and becomes more interested and active in surroundings.

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