Assessing anger and hostility in school settings

Smith, Douglas, Furlong, Michael, & Boman, Peter (2006) Assessing anger and hostility in school settings. In Jimerson, S. R. & Furlong, M. J. (Eds.) The handbook of school violence and school safety: From research to practice. Lawrence Erlbaum Asociates, Mahwah, N.J., pp. 135-145.

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Chronically high levels of anger and hostility have been identified as important contributors to violence potential at school (Dwyer, Osher, & Warger, 1998; McGee & DeBernardo, 1999; Reddy et al., 2001; Verlinden, Hersen, & Thomas, 2000). In published lists of warning signs posted by the American Psychological Association (APA, 1999) and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education (Dwyer et al., 1998), for example, aspects of uncontrolled anger and hostility are among the key indices of violence potential. Additionally, profiles of perpetrators of serious acts of violence at school, such as those developed by the FBI (O'Toole, 2000), frequently cite intense anger and resentment toward others as common characteristics of violence-prone youth. Given the potential impact of anger and hostility on aggressive and violent behaviour, it is imperative that educators, psychologists, and other mental health personnel have reliable and valid methods for assessing anger in school settings. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of selected instruments designed to measure levels of anger and hostility in school-age populations. This review begins with a brief discussion of some of the fundamental concerns associated with measuring anger and hostility and then provides a description and critique of selected instuments of interest to school personnel. The chapter concludes with a summary of best practices in anger assessment as well as some of the limitations and other obstacles associated with measuring students' anger in school environments.

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ID Code: 14771
Item Type: Book Chapter
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ISBN: 0805852239
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Lawrence Erlbaum Asociates
Deposited On: 08 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:17

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