Anger Management Training with Students Placed in an Alternative School Setting Due to Multiple Referrals for Aggressive Behavior
An anger management training program was implemented in an alternative school setting with students who were placed there because of multiple discipline issues including aggressive behavior, bullying behavior, and insubordination. Many of the students were involved with the juvenile justice system. It is important for students to learn healthy, positive ways to interact socially with peers and authority figures in an effort to reduce aggression and inappropriate behaviors. Each student involved in the study filled out a pre-test consisting of 10 items and were reevaluated at the end of the program. The program consisted of 10 sessions. The sessions involve teaching students how to use physiological, thinking, and behavioral tools to control anger. Role play was utilized to practice new skills and engage in positive ways to deal with situations that are antecedent to anger and consequently aggressive behavior. A teacher acceptability rating scale was also implemented and will be discussed.
Keywords: Juvenile Justice, Alternative Education, Behavior Management, School Psychology, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
Dr. Sandra Devlin
Professor of Special Education, Behavioral Sciences, Council for Exceptional Children
Student, Mississippi State University