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ERIC Number: EJ783556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-6
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1537-7903
A Rational Emotive Behavioral Approach to Improve Anger Management and Reduce Office Referrals in Middle School Children: A Formative Investigation and Evaluation
Sharp, Shannon R.
Journal of Applied School Psychology, v21 n1 p39-66 Jul 2005
Sixteen seventh and eighth graders previously identified as having behavioral problems earned significantly higher post-test scores on a test of REBT concepts immediately after participation in a Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) training program, and this knowledge was retained after an 8-week follow-up period (p less than 0.01). Additionally, the 7th graders' post-test scores were significantly higher than the pre-test scores of the 8th graders (who served as a waiting control group). Although the number of office referrals did not decrease sufficiently to produce a statistically significant reduction from baseline to intervention or from baseline to follow-up, moderate to large effect sizes were found. Participants' level of rational thinking and (stated) action were evaluated through written responses to anger-inducing scenarios; rationality of stated actions increased and rationality of thinking increased for the 7th graders and decreased for the 8th graders. Children were successful in acquiring REBT-based principles, and to some extent, in applying these to reduce aggressive behavior. Recommendations for school psychologists in using a rational emotive behavioral approach with middle school students are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A