USC researcher leads anger measurement survey

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USC researcher leads anger measurement survey


6 May 2014

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher collaborating on an international survey into the various ways people see red would like to hear from as many people as possible about how they feel and express anger.

USC Lecturer in Clinical Psychology Dr Lee Kannis said the online survey, Seeing Red – A study of anger measurement, aimed to establish how anger is experienced by different people and across different cultures.

“Anger is often a part of a broad range of problems evaluated and treated by health professionals, but there are few reliable measures for them to use,” he said.

“We are asking people to participate in this anonymous and confidential survey to help us research brief and free measures of anger that have been developed by experts in the field.”

Dr Kannis said some of the longer questionnaires to evaluate anger were too time-consuming for people to fill out and could also be expensive.

“This means that anger does not always get properly identified. Therefore, shorter measures of anger that are free to health professionals are greatly needed.

“If anger can be recognised earlier in someone, then health professionals will be able to include anger interventions in their treatment and do something to help people to experience and express anger in more healthy ways.”

Dr Kannis developed the survey in collaboration with Dr Juan Ramos-Cejudo from Complutense University of Madrid and Dr José Salguero Noguera from the University of Malaga.

“We are also interested in contrasting how anger is experienced and expressed in different cultures, so we are researching in Australia and Spain,” Dr Kannis said.

“We really want to hear from people from all walks of life.”

The survey is available online.

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