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09 March 2011

Boys need help dealing with emotion

The way you react to your two-year-old's temper tantrums or clinginess may lead to anxiety, withdrawal and behaviour problems down the road.

The way you react to your two-year-old's temper tantrums or clinginess may lead to anxiety, withdrawal and behaviour problems down the road, and the effect is more pronounced if the child is a boy who often displays such negative emotions as anger and social fearfulness, reports a new University of Illinois (US) study.

McElwain and lead author Jennifer Engle examined data gleaned from observations of 107 children, who were part of a larger study of children's social and emotional development and parent-child relationships.

 
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