Cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of anger: A meta-analysis

  • Beck R
  • Fernandez E
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Anger has come to be recognized as a significant social problem worthy of clinical attention and systematic research. In the last two decades, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has emerged as the most common approach to anger management. The overall efficacy of this treatment has not been ascertained, and therefore, it was decided to conduct a meta-analysis of this literature. Based on 50 studies incorporating 1,640 subjects, it was found that CBT produced a grand mean weighted effect size of .70, indicating that the average CBT recipient was better off than 76% of untreated subjects in terms of anger reduction. This effect was statistically significant, robust, and relatively homogeneous across studies. These findings represent a quantitative integration of 20 years of research into a coherent picture of the efficacy of CBT for anger management. The results also serve as an impetus for continued research on the treatment of anger. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Cognitive Therapy & Research is the property of Springer Science & Business Media B.V. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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  • Anger
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Meta-analysis

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