THE EFFECT OF ANGER CONTROL TRAINING ON THE TRAIT ANGER, ANGER CONTROL AND LIFE SATISFACTION IN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Abstract

Author(s): Ebubekir ├ľZDEM?R** As?m ├ç?V?TC?

In this study, the effect of anger control training program on the trait-anger, anger-control and life satisfaction in undergraduate students was examined. The study group consisted of 22 subjects attending a public university in Turkey. An experimental pretestposttest control group design was used in this research. Volunteer subjects were randomly assigned to experimental or placebo groups. The anger control training program was implemented to the experimental group for eight weeks, one session per week. In the placebo group, interpersonal relationships and communication issues were discussed. The data were obtained using the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory and the Satisfaction with Life Scale. For data analysis, Mann Whitney U Test and Wilcoxon Matched-Pairs Signed-Ranks Test were used. According to the findings, trait-anger level of the subjects in the experimental group was decreased, and their anger control and life satisfaction was increased from pretest to post-test. The subjects’ anger control was significantly higher in the experimental group than in the placebo group. However, no significant difference was found in trait-anger and life satisfaction. The 3- month follow-up results indicated that the positive effects of anger control training on the trait anger, anger control and life satisfaction remained after a follow-up period of three months. As a result, current study revealed that anger control training program has been effective in increasing anger control, and has been effective in decreasing trait-anger and increasing life satisfaction.

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