Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology



First Advisor

Joseph S. Rossi


Children's conceptions of anger were examined in three groups of children ages 6-7, 8-9, and 11-12. A series of open-ended and semi structured questions were used to investigate five parameters of anger; instigations, bodily reactions, consequences, duration, and perceptions of sex-differences. Children's conceptions were found to vary considerably depending on age and sex of the child, and the particular target of anger. Older children tended to perceive a larger set of instigations which might result in anger, expected their experiences to last longer, were more likely to report feelings of stiffness or tightness as a result of anger, and to perceive sex-differences. The findings are discussed in the context of theories of emotion development and the issue of continuity/discontinuity.



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