David Boudreaux Defends Thesis on Attitudes Toward Anger Management

David Boudreaux, a second-year doctoral student working in the lab, successfully defended his master's thesis today. David's thesis, Attitudes Toward Anger Management Services, involved the development and initial validation of a new self-report instrument for assessing attitudes and stigma associated with anger management services.

The new measure, named the Attitudes Toward Anger Management Scale (ATAMS), was developed through exploratory factor analysis. Initial evidence of construct validity was provided through comparisons with measures of attitudes and stigma of more general psychological help seeking. Additional work to refine the measure and confirm the factor structure will be necessary, but we are encouraged by the initial results.
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