Stress Inoculation Training for Adolescent Anger Problems

  • Eva L. Feindler
  • William J. Fremouw

Abstract

Adolescent aggression and antisocial behavior represent a significant clinical and social problem. Although youths between the ages of 13 and 18 form only 11% of the population, in 1977 people under 18 years of age constituted 41% of the arrests for the Crime Index offenses of homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and auto theft (Webster, 1979). Furthermore, the rate of arrests for violent juvenile crime increased by 98% between 1967 and 1976 compared with a 65% increase in arrests for people over 18 years of age (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1977). These aggressive acts are not just transitory adjustment problems. After review of 16 longitudinal studies, Olweus (1979) concluded that aggressive behavior is not situation-specific, but is a relatively stable, individually consistent reaction pattern to many situations. In fact, temporal stability of aggressive behavior almost equals that typically reported for intellectual and cognitive processes. While some aggression is instrumental in securing external rewards, much of adolescent aggression represents rapid, unplanned, impulsive reactions to provocations (Saunders, Reppucci, & Sarato, 1973).

Keywords

Aggressive Behavior Aggressive Response Target Student Anger Control Behavioral Rehearsal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva L. Feindler
    • 1
  • William J. Fremouw
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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