Feasibility and Effectiveness of Anger Management Intervention for Traumatic Brain Injury Patients
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Anger and aggression arc two of the most undertreated social side effects of traumatic brain injuries. Anger can interfere with daily lives of those who experience it as a symptom of a traumatic brain injury. Recently, cognitive behavioral group therapy treatments have been developed to help increase anger management for traumatic brain injury patients. Due to homogeneous samples of previous studies, little research has been conducted on the effectiveness of anger management programs for men who are ethnically diverse, undereducated, unemployed, and have suffered from a mild to severe traumatic brain injury. This study is comprised of an ethnically diverse, undereducated, and unemployed sample. This will allow for a less homogeneous sample among research in this field. This study uses a cognitive behavioral group treatments and a psycho-educational workbook to help traumatic brain injury patients control their anger over 10-group sessions. During the 10-group sessions participants will use a workbook and learn from each other's' experiences to master immediate and preventative anger management strategies. These strategies, specifically the anger control plan, will allow participants to recognize what triggers their anger, how to avoid their triggers, and how to proceed when they are faced with anger. The participants of this study are 10 African American men with an average of 11 years of education, who have suffered from a mild to severe traumatic brain injury over one year ago. The first hypothesis of this study is that these participants will be able to attend all sessions and that a study such as this one is feasible for participants who are unemployed. The second hypothesis of this study is that attending all of the anger management sessions will result in a significant increase in anger control, and participants will be able to maintain these goals after the study is complete.