Factors affecting anger expressions of form one students

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Factors affecting anger expressions of form one students

 

Author: Tse, Toi-ha Della
Title: Factors affecting anger expressions of form one students
Degree: M.A.
Year: 1999
Subject: Junior high school students -- Psychology
Anger in adolescence
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Applied Social Studies
Pages: 79, [5] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1489736
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3887
Abstract: Students' emotional problems related to anger are a common concern in school social work. Some students under feelings of strong anger make verbal attacks or aggressive outbursts; others find themselves spending a lot of energy to prohibit their anger and hide their discontent.This study attempts to have more understanding over the expression of anger of the Form One students as well as to see how different psycho-social factors in the school setting affect it. Spielberger's concept of Anger Expression with components of Anger-in, Anger-out, Anger-control has been applied in the present study. Furthermore, this study makes an attempt to explore the relationship between the expression of anger and the psycho-social factors of Self-esteem, Loneliness and Teacher Support, which are considered important variables within the school context. Questionnaires returned from the 173 Form One students in a local secondary school were analyzed. The results of the study confirm that the adolescents under study do show quite strong intensity of anger experience. Concerning the assumptions made between the expression of anger and the three psycho-social factors, the findings refute the assumptions. The discrepancy might be due to many limitations of this exploratory study. Nevertheless, there are some findings which give hints on how to design anger management programmes for the Form One students including: 1 There are positive correlations between anger expression and all the tested psycho-social factors. That is, the higher the self-esteem, the loneliness and the teacher support, the higher is the anger expression. 2 The higher the loneliness, the higher is the anger-in 3 The higher the teacher support, the higher is the anger-in. Based on the findings, some recommendations have been made: 1. Anger Management Programmes for the Form One students; 2. Expressing anger in a non-harmful and non-aggressive way; 3. Special focus on anger management training with students of different level of self-esteem; 4. Special focus on anger management training with students of different level of loneliness; 5. Active role of teacher in facilitating appropriate expression of anger; 6. Further research to validate the scale of Anger Expression; 7. More studies to enhance our understanding on the anger of youth.

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