ERIC Number: ED319524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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The Adult Experience of Anger: Implications for Research on Children.
de Rivera, Joseph
Conceptual encounter methodology has been used to investigate the experience of anger. With this method, investigators have attempted to construct an abstract structure that describes essential features of the experience being investigated. People are interviewed about concrete examples of the experience, given the abstract conceptualization, and asked to indicate in which cases the description fits and in which it does not. When the method was used in this study of the experience of anger, findings revealed that persons never reported simple frustration over not getting something they wanted. Rather, their experience was that something different should happen. People described what should be rather than just what they wanted. The "I want" of anger implies, "I should have it--and I am entitled to it." When adults talk about their experiences of anger, they frequently seek something for which to blame another, so that anger can occur. Children also use these constructions. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 1989).