Physical aggression in toddlers has been thought to be associated with the frustration caused by language problems, but a recent study by researchers at the University of Montreal shows that this isn’t the case. The researchers did find, however, that parental behaviours may influence the development of an association between the two problems during early childhood. Frequent hitting, kicking, and a tendency to bite or push others are examples of physical aggression observed in toddlers.
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About this study: Lisa-Christine Girard, Richard E. Tremblay, Jean-Baptiste Pingault (University College London), Bruno Falissard (INSERM, Université Paris Sud and Université Paris Descartes), Michel Boivin (Université Laval and Tomsk State University), and Ginette Dionne (Université Laval) published the article “Physical Aggression and Language Ability from 17 to 72 Months: Cross-Lagged Effects in a Population Sample,” on November 6, 2014 in the journal PLoS ONE (online publication).