Separation Anxiety Disorder

By: Cronk, Nikole J., Slutske, Wedny S., Madden, Pamela A.F., Bucholz, Kathleen K., and Andrew C. Heath.

This study analyzes data from female twins and finds that daughters in father-absent families have 1.68 times higher odds of experiencing full separation anxiety disorder and 1.6 times higher odds of experiencing symptoms of separation anxiety disorder.

Risk for separation anxiety disorder among girls: Paternal absence, socioeconomic disadvantage, and genetic vulnerability. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 113 (2): 237-47.