- Intense anger
- Extreme irritability
- Extreme impulsiveness
- Becoming easily frustrated
- Frequent loss of temper or blow-ups
When a child shows violent behaviour:
If a parent, teacher, caregiver, community member or other adult has any concerns regarding child violence, they should immediately arrange or facilitate a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified mental health professional. This treatment is goal directed and typically focuses on helping and assisting the child to learn how to control their anger; expression of anger and frustration in an appropriate manner; responsibilities for one's actions and acceptance of the consequences. Family conflicts, school problems and community issues must also be addressed.
With reports of children as young as preschoolers displaying violent tendencies, this complex and often troubling issue needs to be carefully understood by parents, care givers, teachers and other adults - even other children.
The large majority of parents and other adults witnessing this sort of behaviour will often dismiss the issue by saying: "It's just a phase they are going through" or: "They will grow out of it".
- Explosive temper tantrums
- Various forms of physical aggression
- Threats or attempts to hurt others (inc. homicidal thoughts)
- Fire setting
- Use of weapons
- Cruelty towards animals
- Intentional destruction of property
There is a complex interaction of factors and behaviours that may lead to an increased risk of violence amongst children and adolescent.s These factors include: