Helping Schoolchildren Cope with Anger: A Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention

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This comprehensive guide presents the Anger Coping Program, an empiric ally supported group intervention for 8-12 year olds with anger and ag gression problems. Controlled clinical research has demonstrated this program to reduce teacher- and parent-directed aggression; improve on- task behavior in the classroom; and enhance participants' verbal asser tion and compromise skills, social competence, and academic achievemen t. In one clearly written volume, the authors provide the latest knowl edge base on childhood aggression, the cognitive-behavioral principles underlying their approach, instructions for setting up and running th e program, and a session-by-session treatment manual. Included are det ailed guidelines for monitoring intervention outcomes and successfully duplicating the program across multiple settings. Many helpful exampl es enhance the practical utility of the book, as do reproducible teach er handouts, child self-report forms, and parent letters in English an d Spanish.

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This guide presents the Anger Coping Program, an empirically supported group intervention for 8- to 12-year-olds with anger and aggression problems. The guide provides novices and experienced practitioners with everything needed to implement the program. Background is given on childhood aggression, then detailed instructions are given for screening participants, collaborating with teachers and parents, conducting sessions, and monitoring outcomes. Reproducible handouts, child self-report forms, and parent letters in English and Spanish are included. Larson teaches psychology and directs the School Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Lochman teaches clinical psychology at the University of Alabama. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"[The authors] have brought their clinical perspicacity, school 'savvy,' and theoretical and empirical expertise together in a timely, well-designed book that will be eagerly welcomed by both school and clinical practitioners....In a how-to, nuts-and-bolts approach, Larson and Lochman describe the various ways group leaders, in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and parents, can implement effective interventions."--from the Foreword by Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

"Larson and Lochman have provided an extremely user-friendly publication. The book is not only a clearly structured how-to manual for working with children, families, and schools; it also provides the theoretical and research basis for the practices. As such, this important book will be uniquely useful for both working practitioners and practitioners-in-training."--Audrey Potter, PhD, Coordinator of School Psychological Services, Milwaukee Public Schools

"When youth mismanage their anger, they create a major stumbling block to academic success and positive social relationships. Educators know who these youth are, and they recognize the need to intervene. With this volume, Larson and Lochman, two widely recognized researchers, offer an evidence-based program to help youth cope more effectively with their anger and thereby reduce risks for aggression. Every school's comprehensive safety plan should include a component devoted to anger management. Simply put, such a component would be incomplete without the use of this invaluable resource. There is no better volume on anger intervention with schoolchildren."--Michael Furlong, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Jim Larson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the School Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin/n-/Whitewater.

John E. Lochman, PhD, is Professor and Saxon Chairholder in Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Development of Aggression 1
Ch. 2 The Empirical Foundation for a Developmental Model of Aggressive Children's Social-Cognitive and Emotional Difficulties 19
Ch. 3 Getting Started with the Anger Coping Program: The Collaborative Roles of Group Leaders and Teachers in Selection and Treatment 34
Ch. 4 Expanding Generalization: Obtaining the Support of Parents, Administrators, and Community Agencies 61
Ch. 5 Preparing for the First Meeting: Procedures to Implement and Pitfalls to Avoid 75
Ch. 6 Outcome Research Results for the Anger Coping Program and the Coping Power Program 85
Ch. 7 The Anger Coping Program Manual 99
Ch. 8 Frequently Asked Questions 131
Ch. 9 Case Example 135
Ch. 10 Afterword 143
App. A Anger Coping Program Teacher Nomination 149
App. B Anger Coping Program Teacher Screening Scale 150
App. C Anger Coping Classroom Generalization In-Service Guide 151
App. D My Goal Sheet 155
App. E How Am I Doing? 156
App. F Sample Parental Consent Letter 157
App. G Anger Coping Checklist 159
App. H Hassle Log 160
App. I Anger Coping Parent Letters 161
App. J Sample Parent Consent Letter and Anger Coping Parent Letters Spanish Versions 165
Recommended Further Reading 171
References 173
Index 186
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