Publication Date

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Counselor Education

Abstract

This study examined anger in children and adolescence and the use of psycho-educational group counseling in anger reduction. It was hypothesized that a six week psychoeducational anger management group would reduce the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional components of anger. A pre and post-test assessment was conducted using the Multi-dimensional School Anger Inventory (MSAI) on the effectiveness of psychoeducational group counseling across five subscales: Anger Experience, Hostility, Behavioral Expression, Destructive Expression, and Positive Coping. Findings indicated a positive change in all subscales with the exception of positive coping which resulted in a slight negative change. The study’s strengths and limitations were discussed as well as suggestions for future research. Implications for the counseling practices were also addressed.

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