Using Self-Report Anger Assessments in School Settings

Authored by: Douglas C. Smith , Michael J. Furlong , Peter Boman , Victoria Gonzalez

Handbook of School Violence and School Safety

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415884617
eBook ISBN: 9780203841372
Adobe ISBN: 9781136898280


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Students who experience high levels of anger both in and out of school are at risk for exhibiting multiple negative developmental outcomes including poor school performance, peer problems, behavioral difficulties, and concurrent emotional distress. Given this developmental trajectory, it is important for mental health professionals working within school settings to accurately identify those students manifesting anger-related problems at an early age. This chapter provides an overview of instruments designed to assess levels of anger and associated cognitive and behavioral manifestations in children and youth. Among those instruments highlighted is the Multidimensional School Anger Inventory (MSAI) specifically designed to measure anger, hostility, and aggressive behavioral expression in school settings. The role of anger assessment in developing appropriate early intervention and anger management treatment plans is also discussed.

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