Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adolescents have experienced an anger attack that involved threatening violence, destroying property or engaging in violence toward others at some point in their lives. These severe attacks of uncontrollable anger are much more common among adolescents than previously recognized, a new study led by researchers from Harvard Medical School finds.
The study, based on the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement, a national face-to-face household survey of 10,148 U.S. adolescents, found that nearly two-thirds of adolescents in the U.S. have a history of anger attacks. It also found that one in 12 young people -- close to six million adolescents -- meet criteria for a diagnosis of Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), a syndrome characterized by persistent uncontrollable anger attacks not accounted for by other mental disorders.
The results were published July 2 in Archives of General Psychiatry.
Please keep in mind that, according to another study, one-third of homes with children also have guns in the home. 42% of those keep at least one gun unlocked. 14% keep at least one gun loaded and unlocked. See HERE for a revealing graphic showing these and other statistics, and how gun owners underestimate the danger.
What happens whey you have a home with an unlocked gun and a child with uncontrolled anger who threatens violence?
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.