Difficult Behavior in Young Children May Point to Later Problems
[Source: Science Daily]
It’s normal for a young child to have tantrums and be otherwise disruptive, but researchers have found that if such behavior is prolonged or especially intense, the child may have conduct disorder, a childhood psychiatric problem that could be a harbinger of antisocial behavior.
Their findings are published Jan. 15 in The Journal of Pediatrics.
“Previously, we did not understand the empirical differences between normal disruptive behaviors in preschoolers — like temper tantrums, for example — and behaviors that signal problems,” said senior investigator Joan L. Luby, MD, professor of child psychiatry. “If you went to your pediatrician and said, ‘My 3-year-old is having tantrums,’ the pediatrician wouldn’t tell you to see a psychiatrist.”
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