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The relation between anger coping strategies, anger mood and somatic complaints in children and adolescents

Miers, Anne and Rieffe, Caroline and Meerum Terwogt, Mark and Cowan, Richard and Linden, Wolfgang (2007) The relation between anger coping strategies, anger mood and somatic complaints in children and adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35. pp. 653-664. ISSN 1573-2835

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Abstract

Attempts to explain the experience of somatic complaints among children and adolescents suggest that they may in part result from the influence of particular strategies for coping with anger on the intensity and longevity of negative emotions. To explore these relationships British (n = 393) and Dutch (n = 299) children completed a modified version of the Behavioral Anger Response Questionnaire (BARQ), and two additional questionnaires assessing anger mood and somatic complaints. A hierarchical regression analysis showed that higher levels of anger mood, Social support-seeking and Rumination contributed to somatic complaints. Frequency of somatic complaints was not predicted by age. A tendency to repeatedly think or talk about an angering event as a way of coping seems to underlie the observed negative health effects. In addition, tentative support is given for a broader range of strategies to cope with anger than just the traditional anger-out and anger-in styles.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Controlled Keywords: 11 - 16; Child development; England; Netherlands; Health and wellbeing; Somatic complaints; anger mood; anger coping styles; children; adolescents
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2009 14:31
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:59
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/411
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