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19 December 2019

Relations between toddler expressive language and temper tantrums in a community sample

This study examined whether toddlers with less expressive language had more severe temper tantrums. Results revealed that 12- to 38-month-olds with fewer spoken words demonstrated more severe (frequent and dysregulated) temper tantrums. Toddlers who were late talkers at 24–30 months also had more severe tantrums; their relative risk of having severe tantrums was 1.96 times greater than peers with typical language. These findings demonstrate the importance of assessing both language and mental health risk in order to promote earlier identification and intervention for early childhood disorders.