Information for Clinicians

Far less is known about the treatment of problem anger than many other emotional disorders. Treatment research has been hindered by the absence of diagnostic criteria for disorders in which dysfunctional anger is a necessary or sufficient component (Deffenbacher, Oetting, & DiGiuseppe, 2000; Tafrate, 1995) and by conceptual confusion between anger and aggression (DiGiuseppe, Eckhardt, Tafrate, & Robin, 1994). The good news is that empirically supported anger management treatments are now available. The resources listed here are recommended to clinicians wanting to learn more about anger management.

General Information About Anger


Dahlen, E. R., & Deffenbacher, J. L. (2001). Anger management. In W. J. Lyddon & J. V. Jones (Eds.), Empirically-supported cognitive therapies: Current status and future promise (pp. 163-181). New York: Springer.

Deffenbacher, J. L. (2003). Anger disorders. In E. F. Coccaro (Ed.), Aggression: Psychiatric assessment and treatment (pp. 89-111). New York: Marcel Dekker.

DiGiuseppe, R., & Tafrate, R. C. (2007). Understanding anger disorders. Oxford University Press.

Feindler, E. L. (Ed.). (2006). Anger-related disorders: A practitioner's guide to comparative treatments. New York: Springer.

Kassinove, H., & Tafrate, R. C. (2002). Anger management: The complete treatment guidebook for practitioners. Atascadero, CA: Impact.

Lerner, H. (1985). Dance of anger: A woman's guide to changing the patterns of intimate relationships. New York: Harper & Row.

Tafrate, R. C., & Kassinove, H. (2009). Anger management for everyone: Seven proven ways to control anger and live a happier life. Atascadero, CA: Impact.

Evidence-Based Practice Manuals


Deffenbacher, J. L., & McKay, M. (2000). Overcoming situational and general anger: A protocol for the treatment of anger based on relaxation, cognitive restructuring, and coping skills training. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Feindler, E. L., & Ecton, R. B. (1986). Adolescent anger control: Cognitive-behavioral techniques. New York: Pergamon.

Therapeutic Alliance Issues When Working With Angry Clients


DiGiuseppe, R. (1995). Developing the therapeutic alliance with angry clients. In H. Kassinove (Ed.), Anger disorders: Definition, diagnosis, and treatment (pp. 131-149). Washington DC: Taylor & Francis.

Howells, K., & Day, A. (2003). Readiness for anger management: Clinical and theoretical issues. Clinical Psychology Review, 23, 319-337.

Client Workbooks


McKay, M., & Rogers, P. (2000). The anger control workbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab
The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is directed by Dr. Eric R. Dahlen, and the content of this website represents his views (see disclaimer). Doctoral and master's students in the Counseling Psychology graduate programs and undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi work in the lab. Together, we study overt and relational aggression/victimization, dysfunctional anger, traffic psychology, and related areas. To learn more about the lab and the work we do, please explore this website.