Definition of Anaclitic depression
1. Noun. Severe and progressive depression in infants who lose their mother and do not get a suitable substitute.
Medical Definition of Anaclitic depression
1. Impairment of an infant's physical, social, and intellectual development following separation from its mother or from a mothering surrogate; characterised by listlessness, withdrawal, and anorexia. See: hospitalism. (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Anaclitic depression
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1. Mammalian Models for Research on Aging by Bennett J. Cohen, Institute Of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Research Council Staff (1981)
"Most research has focused on the anaclitic depression model in infant monkeys; their behavioral response to separation from mother, mother surrogate, ..."
2. Final Report: American Psychological Association Task Force on the Mental by John R. Tassey (1998)
"anaclitic depression in the elderly. Psychiatric Annals. 13. 691-696. Kenney, WL & Hodgson, JL (1987). Heat tolerance, thermorégulation and aging. ..."