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February 2001 Volume 4, Issue 3
PRODUCED BY THE SAFE, DISCIPLINED, AND DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS (SDDFS) PROJECT OF THE FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION (FIE) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA
Office of Safe Schools Bureau of Equity, Safety, and School Support Florida Department of Education
Anger Management and Schools
The decade of the 1990s has brought into focus the importance of Anger Management as a skill area for teachers and administrators in our schools. In the wake of several high-profile acts of school violence, as well as the media emphasis that accompanied them, there is a consensus among educators that comprehensive sciencebased anger management programs could have a positive impact on total school climate. Coupled with emergency response plans that have been and continue to be the focus of local and state level administrators, these programs can make a difference. "Over the past twenty years, researchers have identified early indicators of violent behavior. The early indicators–deficient skills in empathy, impulse control, social problem solving, anger management, and assertiveness– have been consistently correlated with adolescent and adult antisocial behavior" (www.cfchildren.org). The National School Safety Center has developed a list of 20 behaviors that may predispose a child to violence, and two behaviors from the list are directly related to anger or the lack of anger management skills. Educators and experts alike know that when children have "tantrums and uncontrollable angry outbursts" and "habitually make violent threats when angry," there must be some intervention. To neglect such behavior without intervention is to place that child and others at great risk of harm or violent behavior. Simply put, anger very frequently leads to violence, especially if there is no intervention (www.keystosaferschools.com).