Assessment, management, and prevention of childhood temper tantrums
behavior, children, behavior problems, temper tantrums, family, nurse practitioners
Purpose: To provide an overview of normal and abnormal temper tantrum behavior as well as give recommendations nurse practitioners (NPs) can use in counseling families.
Data sources: Articles were identified from the following databases: CINAHL, Health Source: Nursing/Academic edition, Medline, Social Work Abstracts, Social Science Abstracts, Psych INFO, Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection. Textbook references were also identified using Stat!Ref.
Conclusions: Temper tantrums are one of the most common behavior problems in children. Although most children will have tantrums, with NPs’ support and guidance in primary care encounters, most children will not require further intervention.
Implications for practice: NPs caring for children will need to identify normal and abnormal tantrum behavior as well as rule out other causes of tantrums in order to help parents handle the tantrum behavior.
Original Publication Citation
Gardner, E.**, Mandleco, B., & Luthy, K. E. (2012). Assessment, management, and prevention of childhood temper tantrums. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 24(10), 569-573.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Daniels, Elizabeth; Mandleco, Barbara; and Luthy, Karlen E. (Beth), "Assessment, management, and prevention of childhood temper tantrums" (2012). Faculty Publications. 5236.
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
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