When children are psychologically bonded to a caretaking adult they experience a characteristic spectrum of emotions and behaviors upon being separated from that attachment figure. This paper reviews the literature pertaining to the separation phenomenon and the emotional experience of hospitalisation for children in an attempt to integrate this knowledge into the diagnosis and treatment of children hospitalized medically and psychiatrically.
Pressley, M.D., Tara
"An Overview of the Separation Phenomenon and the Experience of Hospitalization for Children,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry:
2, Article 8.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol10/iss2/8