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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology


This study was designed to analyze the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral anger management class available to both voluntary and probation-mandated clients from the general public. Clients enrolled in the existing 8 week program were asked to complete the Interpersonal Behavior Survey (IBS) on a pre/post treatment basis (N=36). The program curriculum is similar to Novaco's (1975) anger treatment in which clients prepare themselves for potential anger provocation by developing personal competence. A comparison group (N=41) was developed with a pre/post administration of the IBS at an eight week interval. Analysis of covariance and analysis of treatment effects were used to test the hypothesis that exposure to the anger management class curriculum lowers measured attitudes of aggression. The data analysis supported the hypothesis that treatment lowers attitudes of aggression. An unexpected result was a significant increase in attitudes of assertiveness as measured by the IBS. A call for future research to examine the relation of attitudes of assertiveness to anger management is noted.

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