In ESRC's new report Seven Deadly Sins, published to launch Social Science Week 2005, Dr Eirini Flouri and Professor Heather Joshi analyse data from the British birth cohort studies, which have recorded anger in both childhood and adulthood for people born in a week in 1958 (the National Child Development Study) and 1970 (the British Cohort Study). They find that:
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1. 'Anger, irritability and hostility in children and adults' by Eirini Flouri and Heather Joshi is chapter 1 in Seven Deadly Sins: A new look at society through an old lens. The authors are at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), Institute of Education, University of London.
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5. The analysis in the chapter on Anger draws on the British birth cohort studies. Anger in early childhood was measured by the frequency of irritability at ages 7 and 11 in the 1958 birth cohort and by the occurrence of temper tantrums at ages 5 and 10 in the 1970 birth cohort. Anger in early adulthood - at 23 and 33 in the 1958 cohort and at 26 and 30 in the 1970 cohort - was measured in both studies by the frequency of getting annoyed and irritated by others or of becoming violently enraged.