Article Text

other Versions

Download PDFPDF
Fifteen-minute consultation: The angry child
  1. Annie Swanepoel
  1. Potters Bar Clinic, Elysium Healthcare, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Annie Swanepoel, Potters Bar Clinic, Elysium Healthcare; annie.panzer{at}


Children who present with difficult behaviours due to underlying anger are commonly presented to paediatricians for help and advice. This paper gives a basic structure of how to approach the subject, by exploring whether the problems occur at home, school or both, and analysing the behaviour by focusing on antecedents, behaviour and consequences. It is important to find the underlying causes in order to know what to recommend, as this can vary from medication, anger management strategies, school-based interventions, parenting programmes or family therapy.

  • angry child
  • child behaviour problem
  • behavioural analysis
View Full Text

Statistics from


  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.