Anger Disorders: Definition, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Howard Kassinove
Taylor & Francis, 1995 - Psychology - 235 pages
Anger is a daily experience. It is encountered in a number of interpersonal, family and occupational situations. Research indicates that even "normal" parents worry that they will lose control of their anger and harm their children. When short-lived and of low intensity, anger may be of some help to us; in contrast, when it is persistent and intense, it is typically highly disruptive.; This text reviews facts and theories of anger. Anger is differentiated from annoyance, fury, rage, hostility and the behaviours of aggression and violence, and attention is paid to understanding anger both as a normal experience and as a clinical disorder. Specific anger diagnoses are presented to describe disruptive anger states and traits. Anger in criminal populations is also discussed and behaviour-analytic, cognitive-constructivist and cross-cultural perspectives are presented in detail.; The book argues that it is important to understand the causes, correlations and outcomes of anger and to develop effective remediation programmes when anger is excessive and disruptive. Thus, following a meta-analyses of the effectiveness of published treatments, two chapters present "ideal" therapy programmes for adult and childhood adolescent anger disorders. Finally, a model is presented to help understand anger development and resolution.
 

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Contents

Feelings and Emotion
6
Does Anger Cause Aggression?
12
Multiple Perspectives
21
Diagnosis of Anger Disorders
27
The Diagnosis of Anger
35
Future Research
45
Control of Anger
49
A BehaviorAnalytic View of Anger and Aggression
69
Skills Training Therapies
119
Summary
125
Developing the Therapeutic Alliance with
131
Culture Families and Emotional Scripts
138
Ideal Treatment Package for Adults with
151
Interventions for Anger Reduction
159
Conclusion
171
Assessment Issues and Methods
177

Culture and the Many Words for Expressing
82
Anger and Criminality
91
Anger Aggression and Criminal Behavior
98
Display Rules for Anger and Aggression
106
Anger Treatments
113
Summary of the Comprehensive Anger
184
Conclusion
194
Treatment
202
Index
225
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