Maternal Separation And Its Effects On Children

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Maternal Separation Maternal separation can have great effects on children in several ways. Being separated from the parent for a great amount of time leads children to develop anger, anxiety, resentment, difficult parental relationships, and other issues in their daily lives. Due to difficult parental relationships, it can also cause issues with other relationships. A study was done by Kalinichev et al. (2002) to compare female and male rats that were maternally separated, handled, or undisturbed as neonates in anxiety-like behaviors, in response to startle-inducing auditory stimuli and elevated plus-maze. It was discovered that having experience with maternal separation leads to a long-lasting rise in anxiety-like behaviors that occurs in a type of sex-dependent manner. Due to this separation and stress that these rats faced, the males and females were less likely to explore the plus-maze. For humans, lengthened lack of contact between a mother and her child can result in great shortfall in maternal attachment. Children who experience this type of separation are most likely to develop insecure attachment styles, anger, and resentment. Above all, maternal separation between a child and mother can affect their attachment, behavior, and mood if not treated. Case Study Susan is a twelve year old girl from Tupelo, Mississippi who is currently living with her grandparents in Jackson, Mississippi. When Susan was eight years old, her mother started abusing pain killers and
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