Why is my child showing negative
Negativism is more common at times when children are becoming more independent, such as ages 1 ½ - 3 yrs., 9-11 yrs., and the mid-late teens. Negativism also increases when a child is adjusting to changes like the arrival of a new sibling, a move, or divorce. Negative behavior is also more likely to occur when more is expected of a child than he/she is capable of doing.
Source: Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Assistant Professor and State Specialist, Human Development & Family Studies, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009