The impact of antisocial personality characteristics on anger management treatment for veterans with PTSD

Amy D. Marshall, Elaine K. Martin, Garrett A. Warfield, Susan Doron-Lamarca, Barbara L. Niles, Casey T. Taft

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Abstract

Using multilevel modeling, the authors examined the impact of antisocial personality characteristics on the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral anger management group treatment among 86 veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. A wide range of forms of anger, as well as use of physical aggression, decreased during treatment. As predicted, antisocial personality characteristics were associated with smaller decreases in trait anger, anger expression, and use of physical aggression during treatment. Conversely, these characteristics were associated with a greater decrease in state anger. Mechanisms of action and implications for the role of anger and antisocial personality in treatment are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-231
Number of pages8
JournalPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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