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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
This presentation has emphasized that the under-lying conflict in school phobias begins as bilateral separation anxiety between mother and young child. This unhealthy symbiotic relationship, occurring during the time that the child is trying to develop his own autonomy, cripples his ability to cope with the separation anxiety when he goes to school, or in the face of certain life events such as a move, illness, or birth of a sibling which revive this early anxiety. The response is a disturbed pattern of school attendance which may range from mild to severe and acute to chronic. These basic conflicts represent a neurotic reaction of which child and mother are not aware.
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