Anxiety in School Age Children


When children begin going to school some anxieties will have been left behind while others will continue to play a large part in their lives. As we mentioned earlier, attachment related disorders, difficult caretaker relationships, chaotic environments and temperament will influence children throughout their lives.

School itself can be a big source of anxiety for children, they will be away from their parents for a longer period of time, at school teachers will be expecting them to learn new things and perform various tasks and follow the school rules and routines. Alongside the new environment there will be other children their age and the challenges of learning how to get along in a large group.

In this section we will discuss how temperament becomes personality, then look at how anxiety presents itself across the four dimensions of the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. At the end, we will go over some tools with you for use when addressing school age children’s anxiety.