Moms With Young Kids Are the Angriest Americans

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A new study says moms are mad, and they express their anger by yelling. Credit, Paolo Tarantini, Flickr

Feeling enraged, moms? A new survey says that mothers with young kids are some of the angriest Americans.

The University of Toronto study surveyed 1,800 Americans to get a better picture of anger in America, researcher Scott Schieman tells MSNBC. Among those who experience feelings of anger from mild annoyance to outright rage are parents of young children, and moms in particular report angry behaviors such as yelling.

"There's obviously a lot of joys and benefits that come with parenthood," but other aspects of parenting, such as having to discipline a misbehaving child, can cause feelings of anger and annoyance, Schieman tells MSNBC.

ParentDish AdviceMama Susan Stiffelman says that young kids can tax the patience of even the most Zen parent.

"Angry feelings are triggered by frustration, pressure and a sense of powerlessness, all of which are part and parcel of raising kids who at times misbehave when we feel desperate for their cooperation, slow us down when we have a long list of things to accomplish, and refuse to be part of the team when we need their cooperation," says Stiffelman.

What else makes us angry? Time pressures generate feelings of annoyance -- and we all know how much spare time mothers of young children have.

Other angry Americans include those under 30, who told researchers that financial problems and workplace conflicts stress them out. Those who have low incomes also have feelings of anger and are less likely to express them, the study found.

Are you an angry parent? How does your anger manifest itself?

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