Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Roger C. Katz

First Committee Member

Martin T. Gipson

Second Committee Member

Kenneth L. Beauchamp


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a home-based multicomponent anger management program utilizing self-control procedures for: (a) decreasing frequencies of aversive parent behaviors directed toward target children and (b) altering parents'; angry feelings and subjective urges to physically harm their children in provocation situations. Abusive parents from three at-risk families were trained in the use of anger management skills tb aid them in coping with arousal on cognitive, somatic, and behavioral levels, simultaneously. Results indicated that the training procedures were successful in significantly reducing rates of aversive parent behavior exhibited in the home across all treated family units. The program also appeared successful for decreasing parents' angry urges and their daily rates of "feeling angry" when provoked by their children. These reductions in the parents' rates of aversive behavior and angry feelings following anger control training were maintained at stable levels over a 6 month follow-up period.