Abstract

This article compares and contrasts psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioral approaches to anger intervention. Related research is discussed and a cognitive-behavioral model of anger intervention is presented. The model views anger as an affective stress reaction consisting of four factors: physiological arousal, antagonistic cognitions, environmental stimuli, and behavioral reactions. The article also examines occupational therapy assessment and treatment goals on the basis of the cognitive-behavioral model and recommends stress management activities and techniques for helping clients control the factors that mediate their anger

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