Physical Limitation and Anger: Stress Exposure and Assessing the Role of Psychosocial Resources

Robyn Lewis Brown, R. Jay Turner

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Is there a relationship between physical limitation and anger proneness? And, if so, is this relationship conditioned by associated differences in stress exposure and the availability of psychosocial coping resources? We explore these questions using data from a two-wave panel study including a representative sample of persons with and without physical limitations (N = 1,473). Results of longitudinal change analysis demonstrate that physical limitation is associated with an increased tendency to both experience and express anger. Findings also reveal that this association is largely accounted for by variations in the experience of discrimination and differences in the psychosocial coping resources of mastery and self-esteem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-84
Number of pages16
JournalSociety and Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2012

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Funding Information:
This research is supported by grants RO1 DA13292 and RO1 DA016429 from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to R. Jay Turner ( ).


  • anger
  • psychosocial resources
  • stress exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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