Effect of a Brief Intervention on Anger Management among Adolescents


  • Uma Maheswari A
  • Baby Rathinasabapathy
  • Padmavathi Nagarajan




Adolescents, Anger Management Techniques, behavioural changes


Background: Adolescence is the transition period between childhood and adulthood, during which an
individual experiences a number of emotional issues. Adolescents’ anger may be triggered and/or intensified
by variety of factors. To be healthy and safe, adolescents need to be equipped with skills that allow them
to cope with anger in a productive manner. This study was aimed to assess the effect of anger management
techniques on the level of anger among adolescents.
Method: An experimental pre-test, post-test design was adopted to achieve the objectives of the study. A
simple random sampling technique was used to select 120 adolescents, studying at Government schools of
Puducherry. Socio-demographic details were collected by a semi-structured proforma. The level of anger was
assessed by Adolescent anger rating scale before and after the intervention. Anger management techniques
such as deep breathing exercises, assertive communication and the techniques to improve interpersonal
relationship were taught to the subjects over a period of one-week.
Results: Majority of the subjects was in the age group of 14 years, in both the experimental (n=28, 46.67%)
and control group (n= 26, 43.33%). There was a significant reduction in the level of anger among the
experimental group from the pre-test mean (SD) score of (92.5 ± 19.13) to post-test (68.95 ± 11.58) and the
paired ‘t’ test value (12.91) demonstrated that the difference was statistically significant at p<0.001.
Conclusion: The study results indicate that anger management intervention was effective in reducing the
level of anger among adolescents. The techniques adopted in the study are simple and cost effective and the
regular practice of these techniques would definitely enhance the coping skills of adolescents in controlling
their anger.

Author Biographies

Uma Maheswari A

Senior Nursing Officer, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER),
Pudhucherry, India

Baby Rathinasabapathy

Vice Principal, College of Nursing, Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of
Health Sciences, Pudhucherry, India

Padmavathi Nagarajan

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, JIPMER, Pudhucherry