Berkout, Tinsley, & Flynn. 2018

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Berkout, O., Tinsley, D., & Flynn, M. (2018). A Review of Anger, Hostility, and Aggression from an ACT Perspective. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 11, 34-43.

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Conceptual
Publication Type: 
Psychological flexibility, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Anger, Aggression, Hostility

A growing body of literature has begun to examine anger, hostility, and aggression using the psychological flexibility model among both youth and adults. This manuscript provides the first overview of this research. Papers were included in this review if they were published in English, peer-reviewed, published through December 8th, 2017 on PsycInfo and PubMed, or were recommended during the review process. The research reviewed examines anger, hostility, and aggression in a variety of contexts, such as interpersonal difficulties, emotional difficulties (e.g., depression, posttraumatic stress disorder), impulse control, and externalizing. The article also reviews Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based interventions targeting problems related to anger and aggression. Generally, there is support for the psychological flexibility model in this domain and treatment studies have been demonstrated a beneficial impact of ACT on aggression and domestic violence in adults. The literature in youth is extremely limited, although some supportive findings were demonstrated. More extensive and methodologically stronger examinations would strengthen this area of study and are discussed.

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