Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Charles F. Hanna
Mary F. Antolini
anger management, conflict resolution
The purpose of this research has been to study the impact of anger management training on students of the Skills for Managing Anger (SMA) program used in the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS). Conflict resolution programs are discussed as are causes of violence in school age children. The company that produces SMA suggests that its program can reduce verbal and physical violence and increase the use anger management strategies. SMA was observed from the teacher training throughout the 12 session course. An increased awareness of anger and of anger management was seen, however no evidence was found that verbal and physical violence decreased. If PPS chooses to continue using the program I recommend these changes: class taken voluntarily, class size limited, course taught at beginning of school year, and all staff members should be trained to help support the students. My final recommendation is for PPS to use pro-social teaching (programs such as Responsive Classroom or Resolving Conflict Creatively Program).
Mitchell, K. (2005). The Impact of Anger Management Training on Students of Skills for Managing Anger (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/937