Developmental Psychology (Sep 27, 2018). DOI:10.1037/dev0000589
Anger is a central characteristic of negative affect and is relatively stable from infancy onward. Absolute levels of anger typically peak in early childhood and diminish as children become socialized and better able to regulate emotions. From infancy to school age, however, there are also individual differences in rank-order levels of anger. For example, although decreasing in absolute levels, some children may stay the same and others may increase in rank order relative to their peers. Although change in rank order of anger over time may provide unique insight into children’s social development, little is known concerning variations in developmental patterns of anger from a rank-order perspective and how these patterns are related to children’s behavioral adjustment.. To read the full article, log in using your NHS OpenAthens details.