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Explaining Separation Anxiety

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Mary Ann is babysitting one-year-old Emily Michelle. The baby was comfortable with Mary Ann while her parents were still home, but began to cry when they left. When the parents returned, Emily Michelle eagerly hugged them.

What is Emily Michelle's behavior likely a sign of?

A

Failing to successfully achieve Erik Erikson's psychosocial task of infancy, "intimacy vs. isolation."

B

Insecure, abnormal attachment.

C

Secure, normal attachment.

D

Still being in the critical period, which is normal.

E

Still being in Piaget's sensorimotor stage when she should have advanced to the formal operational stage.