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JNBS. 2018; 5(3): 150-155

The relationship between childhood traumas and separation anxiety in adults

Buse Çakmak, Gökben Hızlı Sayar, Hüseyin Ünübol, Hüseyin Bulut, Eylem Özten.

It is known that the negative life events experienced in childhood are related to depressive disorder and anxiety disorders in adult life. Adult separation anxiety is a relatively new diagnosis classified under the title of anxiety disorders in DSM-5. The aim of this study is to investigate the possible relationship between adult separation anxiety and traumatic experiences in childhood since childhood trauma has been associated with many anxiety disorders. The study included 119 female and 113 male participants. Only individuals aged 20 years and older and who do not have a psychiatric illness history and mental limitations were included in the study. Sociodemographic Data Form, Separation Anxiety Symptom Inventory (SASI), Adult Separation Anxiety Questionnaire (ASAQ), and Childhood Trauma Scale (CTS) were given to the participants. The data were analyzed by using Independent Sample t Test, Multi-directional Variance Analysis and Tukey Test, Pearson Correlation Analysis and Chi-Square tests. A significant positive correlation was found between total score of ASAQ and Emotional Abuse, Emotional Neglect, Sexual Abuse, CTS total score. The presence of traumatic experiences in childhood was found to be associated with adult separation anxiety. However, more studies on this subject and follow-up studies with larger samples are needed.

Key words: adult seperation anxiety, childhood trumas, neglect, abuse

Article Language: Turkish English

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