Assessing Individual Differences in Constructive Versus Destructive Responses to Anger Across the Lifespan

June Price Tangney, Deborah Hill-Barlow, Patricia E. Wagner, Donna E. Marschall, Julie Kaplan Borenstein, Jennifer Sanftner, Tim Mohr, Richard Gramzow

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Abstract

Scenario-based, self-report measures were developed to assess how people characteristically experience and manage anger from middle childhood through adulthood. The Anger Response Inventories ( ARIs) for children, adolescents, and adults each assess (a) anger arousal, (b) intentions, (c) cognitive and behavioral responses, and (d) long-term consequences. Several independent studies provide support for the reliability and validity of the ARIs. Theoretically consistent patterns of correlations were observed with (a) global self-report measures of hostility, aggression, and anger-management strategies (adult version); (b) teacher reports of behavioral and emotional adjustment (child and adolescent versions); and (c) self- and family-member reports of behaviors in specific anger episodes (adolescent and adult versions). Findings from additional personality and developmental studies are summarized, further supporting construct validity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)780-796
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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    Tangney, J. P., Hill-Barlow, D., Wagner, P. E., Marschall, D. E., Borenstein, J. K., Sanftner, J., Mohr, T., & Gramzow, R. (1996). Assessing Individual Differences in Constructive Versus Destructive Responses to Anger Across the Lifespan. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70(4), 780-796. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.70.4.780