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Title: Executive dysfunction in people with anger problems
Author: Clark, Suzanne
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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Anger is a normal emotion and yet it is implicated in many psychiatric disorders, violence and physical ill-health. Theories of anger, co-morbidity and treatments of anger are reviewed. It seems likely that the regulation of anger may be one aspect of higher level cognitive functions such as decision making, planning and flexibility, that are known collectively as executive functions. Executive dysfunction is characterised by perseveration, difficulties in generating strategies, problem solving deficits and impulse control problems. The aim of this study is to explore the possibility of executive function deficits in people with anger problems. Subjects were recruited from a waiting list for people referred to an outpatient clinical psychology department for psychological treatment of anger or anxiety. There are three groups: people referred for anger problems, people referred for anxiety problems and a control group who do not have psychological problems. Participation in the study required the person to attend for one session during which time neuropscyhological assessments and emotional inventories were completed. The study is cross-sectional and employed both between-subject and within-subject comparisons and correlational analysis. Data was analysed using MANOVA procedures and correlational analysis to compare differences between and within groups on a variety of measures. Results are discussed in relation to the aetiology of anger and treatment implications.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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