Temper tantrums are not that common

Young children do not frequently throw temper tantrums, new research has found. Published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the study has served to debunk the common misconception that little ones may be prone to display such behaviour on a daily basis.

According to the investigation, fewer than ten per cent of small kids throw a tantrum every day - and the findings are consistent regardless of the gender, social status and race of the children.

Lauren Wakschlag, Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine, was speaking as researchers from the learning institute revealed they have developed a questionnaire to distinguish the typical misbehaviour of a chid and more concerning actions.

Professor Wakschlag stated: "We [now] have a tangible way to help parents, doctors and teachers know when the frequency and type of tantrums may be an indication of a deeper problem."

Chartered Psychologist Angharad Rudkin comments:

"One of the biggest questions asked by families is 'is this normal?'. Temper tantrums are considered to be a standard part of growing up, but they can indicate less standard development. Having a well-structured questionnaire will go some way to offering an objective indication of normality, and will help guide any programme of intervention."