ERIC Number: ED443607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Unscrewing Yourself: One Approach to Anger Management Groupwork with Adolescents.
This paper describes an anger management group implemented with students in grades 7-12 enrolled in an alternative school. The majority of students at the school were identified as having difficulties managing their anger and handling conflict. The goal of the group was to have students understand their relationship with anger in order to contemplate changing their anger response behaviors. Anger management groups were implemented with two high school teams and one middle school team. Teams included 6-10 students and 2-3 teachers. Each team had a behavioral management plan, which was monitored by the teachers or the group facilitator. Groups typically met once a week for an hour and focused on themes related to students' relationship with anger. Several weeks prior to the start of each anger management group, students completed an anger record log that recorded the date and time of feeling angry, what happened, their feelings about what happened, the intensity of the anger, their actions in response to what happened, and a self-evaluation of how they handled their anger. Only one of the teams set aside time on a daily basis for their students to complete their logs and understand the data being requested. Through group work, students explored the purpose of anger, completed an anger assessment inventory, created an anger intensity thermometer, compiled a list of mind/body cues that signal anger, explored trigger thoughts, explored underlying feelings that contribute to anger, determined their own anger management style, and learned relaxation methods to reduce stress. The paper concludes that students must first develop an awareness of their anger management style, then develop the necessary skills to end their addictive cycles of anger and aggression. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Experiential Education, Boulder, CO.