Category: Anger

Symposium

Symposium 69 - Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment of Anger: Forensic, Veteran, and Couples-Based Applications

Saturday, November 18
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Cobalt 502, Level 5, Cobalt Level

Keywords: Anger / Irritability | Assessment | Treatment-CBT
Presentation Type: Symposium

Within the past decade, researchers have taken greater care in the discriminant definition of anger from related, but distinct constructs (Birkley & Eckhardt, 2015). This has allowed for the refinement of assessment of the transdiagnostic construct of anger, with the ultimate goal of improving match to appropriate cognitive-behavioral interventions. However, further work is necessary in this field to address criticisms such as limited generalizability and clinical utility of existing anger assessments, as many of these measures were normed using college populations and include examples that may lack relevance for certain populations (i.e., criminal justice, Wydo, 2003). This series of studies will highlight the importance of evidence-based assessment for anger, angry cognitions, and aggressive behaviors among diverse clinical populations, including incarcerated, couples-based, and veteran populations.


Anger management has become an increasingly common, and at times mandated, treatment within the criminal justice system, Veterans Health Administration, and community at large. In examining the mechanisms by which anger confers risk for aggressive responding, we have made a concentrated effort in the field to move beyond singe variables of risk to examine interactive risk processes. Furthermore, there is limited to no research on the effectiveness of anger management protocols among high-risk populations, such as those with PTSD; in spite of evidence demonstrating that anger-related difficulties may precipitate early drop-out from cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (Taft et al., 2012). Thus there exists an urgent need for anger management programs that incorporate mechanisms, or processes, of risk for aggression. Phase 1 clinical trial data of a novel anger, hostility, and aggression intervention among veterans, will also be discussed.


In sum, this series of studies will provide comprehensive, diversity-informed, best-practice guidelines to anger assessment and treatment.

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Erica L. Birkley

Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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Raymond Novaco

Professor
University of California, Irvine

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    Michael J. Toohey

    Teaching Faculty
    Antioch University Seattle

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    Michael R. Wydo

    Chief Psychologist
    US Dept. of Justice / Federal Bureau of Prisons

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    Erica L. Birkley

    Assistant Professor
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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    Thomas DiBlasi

    PhD Student
    Hofstra University

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