Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Anger in children; Anger in adolescence; Cognitive therapy for children; Cognitive therapy for teenagers;
This paper examines the need to address anger problems among children and adolescents given the implications of uncontrolled anger on relationships, education, possible involvement with the law, and physical and mental well-being. Aggression and its relationship to anger will also be discussed as well as the need to develop early intervention practices aimed at anger-related problems. A cognitive-behavioral approach will be presented as an alternative to many of the prevailing psychological approaches dominating individual and group interventions targeting angry and aggressive youth. A description of the key components of cognitive-behavioral anger management programs will be described, including arousal management, cognitive restructuring, skill acquisition, and practice and transfer. Four cognitive-behavioral anger management programs receiving considerable attention in the literature will also be discussed in light of strong, empirical research, including: In Control: A Skill-Building Program for Teaching Young Adolescents to Manage Anger, the Anger Coping Program, Think First, and Anger Control Training. While all four programs suggest promising findings, an argument is also made for the need to conduct quality outside evaluations which are scientifically sound and reflect tightly controlled, experimental studies. It is also recommended that an effort be made to target younger populations that have received little attention in the literature. Suggestions for adapting current programs to this age group are also presented. The paper concludes with a description of the unique role of a school psychologist in 111 identifying anger-related problems among children and adolescents and implementing anger management programs within their schools.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
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©2003 Amy L. Zirkelbach
Zirkelbach, Amy L., "Cognitive-behavioral approaches to anger management for children and adolescents" (2003). Graduate Research Papers. 1788.