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Volume 49 Number 5, 2012
   Pages 777 — 788

Abstract — Assessment and treatment of posttraumatic anger and aggression: A review

Casey T. Taft, PhD;1–2* Suzannah K. Creech, PhD;1,3 Lorig Kachadourian, PhD1–2
1National Center for PTSD, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA; 2Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA; 3Providence VA Medical Center, Providence, RI; and Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI

Abstract — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense’s (DOD) recently published and updated Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of PostTraumatic Stress includes irritability, severe agitation, and anger as specific symptoms that frequently co-occur with PTSD. For the first time, the guideline includes nine specific recommendations for the assessment and treatment of PTSD-related anger, irritability, and agitation. This article will review the literature on PTSD and its association with anger and aggression. We highlight explanatory models for these associations, factors that contribute to the occurrence of anger and aggression in PTSD, assessment of anger and aggression, and effective anger management interventions and strategies.

Key words: aggression, agitation, anger, assessment, irritability, PTSD, trauma, treatment, veterans, violence.


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Taft CT, Creech SK, Kachadourian L. Assessment and treatment of posttraumatic anger and aggression: A review. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(5):777–88.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.09.0156
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