Effectiveness of an anger control program among veterans with PTSD and other mental health issues: A comparative study

Solomon Kalkstein, James Cobb Scott, Rachel Vickers Smith, Jourdan Cruz

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Abstract

Objective: This study examines the effectiveness of an anger management program among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues. Method: Veterans with (n = 76) and without (n = 58) PTSD completed anger management groups at the Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Self-rated checklists of anger and PTSD symptoms (for those with PTSD) were completed before and after the group. Results: Significant improvement in anger was observed in the overall sample (p <.001) but did not differ based on PTSD diagnosis. No significant PTSD symptom changes were observed. Conclusions: Veterans with broad mental health concerns benefited significantly from this anger management program, consistent with prior research. Implications for program improvement and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1422-1430
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume74
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Scott's participation was supported by a Department of Veterans Affairs Career Development Award (IK2CX000772).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Copyright:
Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • PTSD
  • anger
  • military
  • rage
  • veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology

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