Tools for Treating Anger, Aggression, and Disruptive Behavior Among Latino Adolescents



Latino youths do exhibit more antisocial behavior after the first generation living in the United States and especially when their parents lose their cultural ties to their country of origin (Duarte et al., 2008). More recently, Nuñez et al. (J Lat/O Psychol, 4(4): 202–217, 2016) found high rates of negative emotions related specifically to hostility and anger in Latino adolescents. These studies underscore the urgent need to develop an effective, culturally competent evidence-based therapy directed to meet the evident mental health needs of Latino adolescents diagnosed with disruptive disorders and comorbid depressive disorders. As we will discuss in the following chapter, Cabiya and his associates have developed a culturally adapted intervention for children and adolescents with Latinos that has been found to be effective in reducing aggressive behavior and improving anger management among Latino adolescents (Cabiya et al. Intam J Psychol, 42(2), 195–202, 2008); Cabiya & Lopez, 2015). In this chapter this research with anger management with Latino children and adolescents will be discussed along with the research on anger management with Latino adults. A set of treatment tools in Spanish is provided at the end of this chapter. In addition to an extensive discussion on anger management strategies for use with adolescents, treatment options for anger management with Latino adults are also discussed and resources are provided.


Anger Aggression Latinos Intervention Cultural factor Spanish 

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  1. 1.Universidad AlbizuSan JuanPuerto Rico

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