Adolescent Anger Rating Scale: Its Initial Development and Validation

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This work investigates and elucidates the etiological factors related to adolescent anger and aggression, the development of an anger rating scale to measure subcategories of anger, and the development of treatment plans geared toward decreasing the effects of violence due to the different types of anger experienced by adolescents.


“Dr. McKinnie Burney’s research contributes to our understanding of two types of anger [instrumental and reactive], the implications for treatment, and the relationship between anger and other disorders. But what practitioners and researchers will find most helpful is the Adolescent Anger Rating Scale, an anger assessment instrument [the author] developed to measure the intensity and frequency of anger expression in adolescents.” –David S. Wheeler, Ph.D., School Psychology State Consultant, Student Support Services Project/USF, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services

“ . . . an outstanding scholarly work that will contribute significantly to research involving adolescents who experience difficulty with anger and who are diagnosed with associating medical mental health problems prescribed in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual. . . . For psychologists (Clinical and School), this book provides excellent research to help explain the causes, behaviors, and outcomes of anger for certain expressed types of anger.” - Dr. Yvonne Bell, Associate Professor –Educational Psychologist, Florida A&M University

“This school is particularly contributory [to scholarship] because its points out certain aspects of growing social problems.” - Dr. Tony J. Manson, Florida A&M University

"Particularly interesting are [the author's] results, which comment closely on the concerns of educators social workers about anger in our youth." - Book News Inc.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Foreword by Davis S. Wheeler, Ph.D.
1. Introduction
2. Review of Literature
3. Method
4. Results
5. Discussion
6. Summary of Results
Appendix A Letter of Consent to Pinellas County Schools
Appendix B Letter of Consent to Participating Schools
Appendix C Letter of Consent to Instructors in Participating Schools
Appendix D Parent Notification and Consent Form
Appendix E Expert Test Review Panel Letter of Invitation
Appendix F 101 Pool of Potential Items (POPI)
Appendix G Item Development Questionnaire (IDQ)
Appendix H Validation Response Survey (VRS)
Appendix I Adolescent Anger Rating Scale (AARS)
38-item Protocol
Appendix J Adolescent Anger Rating Scale (AARS)
20-item Protocol
Appendix K Multidimensional Anger Inventory (MAI)

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