Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 689–697

An Application of Beck's Cognitive Therapy to General Anger Reduction

  • Jerry L. Deffenbacher
  • Eric R. Dahlen
  • Rebekah S. Lynch
  • Chad D. Morris
  • W. Neil Gowensmith
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005539428336

Cite this article as:
Deffenbacher, J.L., Dahlen, E.R., Lynch, R.S. et al. Cognitive Therapy and Research (2000) 24: 689. doi:10.1023/A:1005539428336

Abstract

Beck's cognitive therapy (CT) was compared to a no-treatment control in the reduction of anger in college students. CT lowered trait anger, anger reactivity to many potential provocations, anger in the individual's most angering ongoing situation, daily anger, anger-related physiological arousal, anger suppression, and outward negative expression. CT also enhanced positive forms of anger expression. Treatment effect sizes were medium to large, with many being quite large, and significantly more CT participants met an index of clinically significant change. Moreover, CT lowered trait anxiety and depression. Reductions of anger and trait anxiety were maintained at 15-month follow-up. CT was judged an effective, promising treatment for anger reduction.

anger anger reduction cognitive therapy 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry L. Deffenbacher
    • 1
  • Eric R. Dahlen
    • 1
  • Rebekah S. Lynch
    • 1
  • Chad D. Morris
    • 1
  • W. Neil Gowensmith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyColorado State UniversityFort Collins

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