Anger Control Training

Anger Control Training
by Emma Williams and Rebecca Kelly
  This three-volume training manual addresses the need for a practical and easily accessible guide for professionals working with people presenting with anger problems. It is intended for use by psychologists, OTs, psychiatric nurses, probation officers, psychiatrists, social workers and teachers. This training manual offers a wealth of photocopiable material, including client handouts and facilitators guides. The appendices contain materials for role-play and relaxation. "Anger Control Training" is a comprehensive programme using a cognitive-behavioural approach and designed for the professional to help people change their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
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Personality And Domestic Violence

August 2010 - Research led by the University of British Columbia published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found similar personality traits in male and female perpetrators of domestic violence in a group of psychiatric patients and suggests that further study may extend this to the wider community.

Lead author Zach Walsh, assistant professor of psychology, explained:

"Although both men and women engage in substantial levels of domestic violence, fewer studies have examined female perpetrators. These new findings are among the first to highlight similarities between subtypes of domestically violent men and women."

The researchers explain that previous studies of domestic violence have tended to focus on male perpetrators, categorising them into three main subtypes:

  • antisocial - often violent outside the relationship and with high levels of psychopathic personality traits
  • dysphoric - associated with high levels of anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses
  • low pathology - generally normal personalities, rarely violent except in intimate relationships

Researchers drew on data from the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study to analyse normal personality, psychopathic characteristics, and mental illness among 567 psychiatric patients, including 138 women and 93 men with histories of domestic violence. Researchers explain that psychiatric patients are responsible for higher levels of domestic violence than the wider community. While cautioning against generalisation, results indicate that the three subtypes may be applicable to perpetrators outside psychiatric settings. Significantly, the study also found that female perpetrators demonstrate similar characteristics to their male counterparts.

Zach Walsh said:

"Intimate partner violence is a major public health concern. Examining subtypes of perpetrators is an important way of learning more about why people are violent in close relationships. Understanding why different people are violent may be crucial for developing new ways to reduce violence in relationships. "

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Human Relationship Skills
by Richard Nelson-Jones
  In this essential book, Richard Nelson-Jones takes a cognitive-behavioural approach to coaching people in relationship skills. These skills are viewed as sequences of choices that people can make well or poorly; covering a range of skill areas the book assists readers to make affirming rather than destructive choices in their relationships.
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