Date of Award
Master of Arts in Psychology
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.
Scioli, Anthony, "Children's Conceptions of Anger" (1987). Open Access Master's Theses. Paper 1711.