Title

Assessment, management, and prevention of childhood temper tantrums

Keywords

behavior, children, behavior problems, temper tantrums, family, nurse practitioners

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2012-07-02

Publisher

Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Language

English

College

Nursing

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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