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Psychol Rep. 1997 Oct;81(2):623-6.

Anger management training in prison inmates.

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Group Homes for Children, Inc., Montgomery, Alabama 36104, USA.

Abstract

Inflicting harm on others after a perceived wrong is called revenge and has been implicated in a wide range of criminal and antisocial behaviors. Revenge is defined as a retaliatory act and may be ruled out when antecedent to instrumental aggression if hurting someone is secondary to the primary goal of acquisition. Revenge is considered the impetus for reactive aggression, however, if the primary goal is to hurt someone. 26 male inmates were chosen for training in anger management using cognitive behavioral methods. Selection of inmates was based on their history of reactive aggression. As predicted, inmates showed a significant reduction in posttest scores on the Vengeance scale.

PMID:
9354116
DOI:
10.2466/pr0.1997.81.2.623
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