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A multimodal cognitive-behavioural approach to anger reduction in an occupational sample

Gerzina, M.A. and Drummond, P.D. (2000) A multimodal cognitive-behavioural approach to anger reduction in an occupational sample. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 73 (2). pp. 181-194.

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Abstract

The effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioural package approach to anger reduction designed specifically for a non-research setting was investigated in 26 self-referring police officers. Participants who were available for session times were randomly assigned to either a treatment or a wait-list control condition. The treatment condition involved 6 90-minute weekly sessions and included training in relaxation skills, cognitive reappraisal, response disruption and problem solving, and was compared to a wait-list control group. At post-treatment, the treatment group showed reduced scores on a majority of the anger measures compared to the control group. In addition, a decrease in general anxiety in the treatment group was interpreted as a reflection of treatment generalization. Therapeutic gains were maintained at 8-week follow-up. The findings demonstrate the viability of anger-reduction programmes outside of the typical research populations employed to date.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: The British Psychological Society
Copyright: The British Psychological Society
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/2107
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