school phobia


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school pho·bi·a

a young child's sudden aversion to or fear of attending school, usually considered a manifestation of separation anxiety.

school phobia

Etymology: AS, scol + Gk, phobos, fear
an extreme separation anxiety disorder of children, usually in the elementary grades, characterized by a persistent irrational fear of going to school or being in a school-like atmosphere. Such children are usually oversensitive, shy, timid, nervous, and emotionally immature and have pervasive feelings of inadequacy. They typically try to cope with their fears by becoming overdependent on others, especially the parents.
Fear of going to school associated with anxiety about leaving home and family

school phobia

Child psychology Fear of going to school associated with anxiety about leaving home and family members

school pho·bi·a

(skūl fō'bē-ă)
A young child's sudden aversion to or fear of attending school, usually considered a manifestation of separation anxiety.
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45 has to However, psychologists point out that stress at home, such as parental separation, may be the underlying cause of school phobia.
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