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The Short Anger Measure: Development of a Measure to Assess Anger in Forensic Populations

Gerace, Adam BPsych(Hons), PhD1; Day, Andrew BA(Hons), MSc, D.Clin.Psy2

Journal of Forensic Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000010
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ABSTRACT: In this brief report we describe the development of a measure of anger that may be used by nurses and other professionals to assess anger and changes in anger with male offenders. The Short Anger Measure, a 12-item self-report measure of angry feelings and aggressive impulses, was administered to 73 male offenders. The measure showed sound psychometric properties (internal consistency reliability, test–retest reliability) and concurrent validity with an established measure of anger. The potential use of the measure by nurses working in forensic settings is discussed.

Author Information

Author Affiliations: 1School of Nursing & Midwifery, Flinders University, and 2School of Psychology, Deakin University.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Andrew Day, BA(Hons), MSc, D.Clin.Psy, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria 3320, Australia. E-mail:

© 2014 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.

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