Readiness for anger management : clinical and theoretical issues

Howells, Kevin and Day, Andrew 2003, Readiness for anger management : clinical and theoretical issues, Clinical psychology review, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 319-337, doi: 10.1016/S0272-7358(02)00228-3.

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Title Readiness for anger management : clinical and theoretical issues
Author(s) Howells, Kevin
Day, Andrew
Journal name Clinical psychology review
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 319
End page 337
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2003-03
ISSN 0272-7358
Keyword(s) anger
Summary Anger management methods are a common and successful feature of contemporary cognitive behavioral therapy. Meta-analyses and narrative reviews of the outcome of anger management have been broadly supportive of the view that it is an effective approach. We argue in this paper that an important impediment to the future success of anger management is the failure to fully address the issue of treatment readiness. We discuss distinctive features of anger that make readiness a more important issue than it is for other problem emotions and affects. Relevant theoretical models of readiness are discussed and we review the components of a lack of readiness, including difficulties in establishing a therapeutic alliance. Progress in this area requires greater attention to the measurement and analysis of readiness, to its inclusion as an independent variable in outcome studies and to its clinical modification when readiness is low.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0272-7358(02)00228-3
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2003, Elsevier Science Ltd.
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