Assessment of Temper Tantrums Behaviour Among Preschool Children in Jordan

Ayman K Bani Salameh, Malakeh Z Malak, Rasmieh M Al-Amer, Omar S H Al Omari, Mamdouh El-Hneiti, Loai M Abu Sharour

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PURPOSE: A good understanding of children's emotions, activities, and needs should be promoted. This study assessed temper tantrum behaviour, including frequency, severity, duration, common behaviours, reasons, locations, contexts, and parent's strategies, among Jordanian children aged 24-48 months.

DESIGN AND METHODS: A cross-sectional design was used to conduct this study. A non-probability convenience sample was adopted to recruit 213 parents of children aged between 24 months to 48 months. All parents completed the Parents' Experience of Temper Tantrums in Children's questionnaire.

RESULTS: Findings showed that about half of the children experienced weekly tantrums, however, half of the parents reported that mild tantrums were exhibited by their youngsters, with an average duration of minutes. The most frequently reported tantrum behaviour was 'screaming or shouting'. "Seeking attention" was the most frequent reason and most tantrums occurred when visiting someone else's home. Unfamiliar situations were the most commonly associated with tantrum episodes. The main strategies used by parents to lessen their child's tantrums were first, stating a consequence (e.g., timeout), and secondly, ignoring the behaviour.

CONCLUSIONS: The results draw attention to significant aspects of tantrums, such as the duration, where children managed to maintain a tantrum episode for more than seven minutes on average. Tantrum behaviours, reasons, locations, context, and parents' strategies to control tantrums were significant in developing proper interv entions.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The findings of this study are of practical use in equipping parents and caregivers with the appropriate strategies to enable them to halt tantrums among children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e106-e111
JournalJournal of Pediatric Nursing
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2021


  • Aggression
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Jordan
  • Parents
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Pre-school children
  • Behaviour
  • Coping strategies
  • Temper tantrums

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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