Correlates of separation anxiety symptoms among first-semester college students: An exploratory study

Laura D. Seligman, Lisa A. Wuyek

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Abstract

Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is rarely considered in college students with anxious symptomatology, but a growing body of evidence suggests that its symptoms are experienced by a significant number of young adults. The authors examined separation anxiety symptoms in a group of first-semester college students living on campus and experiencing extended separation from significant others, generally for the first time. They examined prevalence of separation anxiety symptoms among college students and the relationship between separation anxiety symptoms and students' educational decisions and performance. Results showed that 21% of first-semester college students reported symptoms of separation anxiety. In addition, separation anxiety symptoms were related to childhood SAD, panic attacks, and educational decisions. Results suggest that SAD may be a valid diagnosis in college students and may impact their educational choices and experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Volume141
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Keywords

  • Anxiety disorder
  • College students
  • Separation anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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