The angry cognitions scale: a new inventory for assessing cognitions in anger


DOI: 10.1007/s10942-006-0033-2

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Martin, R.C. & Dahlen, E.R. J Rat-Emo Cognitive-Behav Ther (2007) 25: 155. doi:10.1007/s10942-006-0033-2


Although cognitive–behavioral therapy is the preferred anger management treatment, research on the cognitive processes associated with anger is relatively sparse. One reason for this has been a lack of adequate measures of the cognitive processes associated with anger. The current study addresses this limitation by developing a theoretically derived instrument to measure the cognitive processes thought to be associated with maladaptive anger. Pilot work identified a set of 72 items written to reflect 5 domains that cut across cognitive theories of anger: overgeneralizing, inflammatory labeling, demandingness, catastrophic evaluation, and misattributing causation. Items were administered to 362 participants and statistical analyses yielded the 54-item Angry Cognitions Scale (ACS). Evidence supporting the construct validity of the ACS was demonstrated through relationships with the experience and expression/control of anger, hostile thoughts, anger consequences, depression and anxiety, and other measures of positive and negative cognitions.


anger cognitive–behavioral theory instrument development cognitive distortions 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Human Development and PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin-Green BayGreen BayUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA

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