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The Effects of Separation from a Primary Caregiver

Summarize learning difficulty of children separated from parents. Please include 2 references

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The effects of separation of a child from his or her primary caregiver can be significant. Depending on the age of the child, short term effects of separation can include a regression in recently acquired skills, a lack of acquisition of language, a lack of energy, problematic behaviors with peers, and oppositional behaviors. (Source: "Effects of Separation and Loss on Children's Development") Children whose parent(s) are incarcerated, on active military duty or who are away for other reasons can exhibit "exhibit anxiety, withdrawal, anger, aggression, and other disorders that affect socialization and ultimate school performance." (Source: DeBord, ...

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The effects of separation of a child from his or her primary caregiver can be significant. This answer discusses some reasons why separation is difficult for a child and what the potential outcomes may be for the child. I particularly focus on how separation might affect a child's academic skills and behavior. Several sources are cited, including two studies.

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