Are Temper Tantrums a Sign of Behavioral Problems? What Research Says

Based on the findings of one study, temper tantrums are not necessarily a sign of behavioral problems because it depends on the type of tantrum behavior and the frequency of the tantrums. Based on the findings of a study on preschoolers aged 3-6, all kinds of children may display tantrum behaviors including healthy children, depressed children, and children with disruptive behavioral problems (e.g. defiance and antisocial behaviour such as lying and aggression). However, the forms and degrees of tantrum behaviors are different among these three types of children. 

Comparison between children who are diagnosed with behavioral problems and healthy and depressed children:


  1. Children who are diagnosed with behavioral problems display significantly more violence than healthy and depressed children.

  2. Children who are diagnosed with behavioral problems also display significantly more tantrums in school and child care centers than healthy and depressed children.

  3. Children who are diagnosed with behavioral problems also have a more difficult time recovering compared to healthy children.

Comparison between healthy children and depressed children:


  1. Depressed children are more aggressive towards people and objects compared to healthy children.  

  2. Depressed children display more self-harmful tantrum behaviors than healthy children as well as children with behavioral problems.

Created on November 21 2015 at 08: 00 AM


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References:

1: "Temper tantrums in healthy versus depressed and disruptive preschoolers: Defining tantrum behaviors associated with clinical problems," The Journal of pediatrics, 2008, by Belden, A. C., Thomson, N. R., & Luby, J. L. . (Citations: 46).




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