Anger experience in violent and non-violent male offenders

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Counseling Psychology

First Committee Member

Etiony Aldarondo - Committee Chair


Anger and its effects are shown to be an increasingly salient topic of research and treatment. After definitions, theories, and methods of assessment and treatment are reviewed, the present empirical research is introduced. It is an analysis of anger management data collected from inmates in a medium-sized Southwestern correctional facility. Two studies were conducted. The first included participants for whom anger levels were measured twice (pre and post) over a 4-week interval using the State Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI). The participants were separated into treatment and comparison groups. Treatment consisted of a comprehensive program involving the prevention, intervention, and remediation of anger. The second study included two groups of participants distinguished by having been arrested for either violent or nonviolent offences. Both groups completed STAXI evaluations before and after receiving anger treatment. Results from Study I indicated that while both groups reported improved anger management skills over the 4-week period, there were no significant between-group differences in STAXI scores. Results from Study II suggested that no differences existed between violent and nonviolent offenders on measures of anger experience. Discussion explored correctional facilities' effects on anger and noted implications for selection of anger management participants.


Psychology, Clinical; Sociology, Criminology and Penology

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