and Strategies for Positive Behavior:
Early Intervention Programs & Strategies:
Anger Coping Program
Male students between the ages 8-14 that have been identified by
school personnel as exhibiting aggressive behavior (Jahnke, 1998).
The Anger Coping Program is a school-based intervention that focuses
on developing anger management skills through group intervention.
Groups of four to six students and two co-leaders from the school,
one of which should be a school counselor or psychologist, meet
weekly to improve perspective taking, problem solving skills, recognition
of emotions associated with anger arousal, and strategies for managing
conflicts. The children in the group engage in discussion, role
play, viewing video tapes, being video taped, and goal setting (Jahnke,
1998). The role-plays and videotapes help to simulate real life
situations so that the students can learn and practice these skills
in more natural scenarios (www.prevention.psu.edu).
Students also establish a weekly goal relating to the skills they
have been practicing in the group sessions. Teachers monitor the
students' progress and provide positive reinforcement when the goal
is accomplished (Greenberg, Domitrovich, and Bumbarger, 2001).
program aims to equip students with the social processing and behavioral
skills needed to reduce impulsive and aggressive responses to anger.
The long-term goal of the Anger Coping Program is to reduce and
prevent conduct problems, delinquency, and substance abuse that
can result from patterns of aggressive behavior (www.prevention.psu.edu).
& Support Information
To implement this program, the two co-leaders should undergo a two-day
training from the staff of the Anger Coping Program. After the training
session, co-leaders can also establish a hotline with the trainers
should questions arise during the program. Additionally, there is
a 20 page manual to aid the co-leaders (Sochet, 2000).
John Lochman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
Phone: (205) 348-5083
Fax: (205) 348-8648
& Additional Resources
Greenberg, M., Domitrovich, C., & Bumbarger, B (2001). The Prevention
of Mental Disorders in School-Aged Children: Current State of the
Field. Prevention and Treatment, 4(1), 1-48.
J. E., Dunn. S., & Klimes-Dougan, B. (1993). An intervention
and consultation model from a social cognitive perspective: A description
of the anger coping program. School Psychology Review, 22(3),
C. (1998). Anger Management Programs for Children and Teens: A Review
of Eleven Anger Management Programs. Paper presented at the Annual
Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists. Orlando,
M. (2000). The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing School Safety Programs.
New York, NY: Vera Institute for Justice