Foreign Studies of Separational Anxiety



The article aimes to studying the phenomenon of separation anxiety in different ages. Currently separation anxiety studying its become more relevant at different stages of human development. This article presents an analysis of the phenomenon of separation anxiety, its manifestations and clinical picture, diagnostic criteria and methods of psychotherapy, in particular, the use of non-directive play therapy, methods of cognitive behavioral therapy (the program “The Coping Cat”). The analysis of foreign studies shows the relationship between the level of infant's parents separation anxiety with the level of anxiety of their children, with the personal growth of the parents. Modern foreign studies shows the impact of separation anxiety on the mental development of children. The data obtained in the studies allow us to see the role of anxiety disorder caused by separation in the personality formation, which is an important condition for the therapeutic and corrective tools.

General Information

Keywords: anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, child-parent relationship, type of attachment, diagnosis and psychotherapy of anxiety

Journal rubric: Medical Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Kochetova Y.A., Klimakova M.V. Foreign Studies of Separational Anxiety [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2022. Vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 39–47. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2022110104. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Yuliya A. Kochetova, PhD in Psychology, Professor, Chair of Scientific Basis of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Mariya V. Klimakova, Lecturer, Chair of Developmental Psychology Named after L.F. Obukhova, Faculty of Psychology of Education, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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