College of Arts & Sciences

Date of Award

Spring 5-1998

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

James N. Olson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Spencer K. Thompson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Patricio T. Jaramillo, Ph.D.

Abstract

Eight adults participated in a 2 part anger management course in a quasiexperimental within-subjects outcome study. Anger was described with the Anger Cycle®. Cognitive, relaxation and social skills training were used to teach alternative strategies for expressing anger. The Anger Information Test (AIT) and the State Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI) were administered at pretreatment, posttreatment and follow-up (2 weeks later). Seven subscales of the STAXI were used; Trait Anger, Anger Temperament, Anger Reactivity, Anger In, Anger Out, Anger Control and Anger Expression. An overall significant within-subjects difference was found on .changes from both tests. Two of the 4 hypothesized changes were supported. The anger information level was significantly increase and Trait Anger was significantly reduced. Anger Out and Anger Control were not significantly changed. Nonhypothesized significant reductions were noted in Anger In, Anger Expression and Anger Temperament.

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