People become angry for a multitude of reasons that are often interrelated. Anger can arise for young people when:

  • They are exposed to a physical threat
  • Something valued is lost or destroyed (relationships and possessions)
  • Their self-esteem and identity is threatened
  • Injustice is experienced (including boundaries or rules being applied unfairly or inconsistently)
  • They feel frustrated and confused
  • They are experiencing uncomfortable physical states (eg: tiredness, hunger, headaches, withdrawal)
  • They experience racism and discrimination

The expression of anger can also be a way for young people to communicate that they are:

  • In a state of fear
  • Frustrated
  • Experiencing injustice
  • Wanting to control a situation
  • Experiencing pain (eg: withdrawal)
  • Experiencing uncomfortable physical states (eg: tiredness, hunger, headaches)