Young children are prone to display temper tantrums, but
by the time they reach school, they are expected to behave themselves. To help
them achieve better behavior by the time they reach school, kids are taught
language skills such as "using your words."
A study was carried
out by researchers from the Pennsylvania State University to determine whether
language skills can help in anger management in children between the ages of
The study was carried
out on 120 children between the ages of 18-48 months from slightly below
middle-income families. Through regularly conducted home and lab visits, the
scientists measured the language skills of the children along with their
ability to cope with tasks or situations that would generate frustration.
For instance, these young children were asked
to wait for about eight minutes before they were allowed to open a gift while
their mothers were finishing their work, and then their display of anger and
coping strategies were recorded.
mothers of these children were required to fill in questionnaires on how their
child usually coped with waiting.
The study revealed
that, in children whose language skills developed more quickly, the coping
strategies was much more pronounced; also, these children showed less anger at
four years of age than those kids who had less language skills as toddlers.
results of this study have been published in the Journal of Child Development