Current Status of the Anger Avoidance Model: Recent Empirical Findings and Treatment Considerations
Zella E Moore*
Department of Psychology, Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Zella E Moore
Department of Psychology
Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 22, 2016; Accepted date: June 02, 2016; Published date: June 09, 2016
Citation: Citation: Moore EZ (2016) Current Status of the Anger Avoidance Model: Recent Empirical Findings and Treatment Considerations. J Foren Psy 1:107. doi:10.4172/2475-319X.1000107
Copyright: © 2016 Moore ZE. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The Anger Avoidance Model (AAM), a contemporary theoretical model for understanding the relationship between anger and violence, was presented first in 2008, and since, empirical research has been mostly supportive of its tenets. The AAM essentially purports that individuals prone to violent behaviour typically manifest an aversive developmental history; early maladaptive schemas, which serve as a lens through which one interprets life experience; and poorly developed emotion regulation skills. Such deficits in emotion regulation result in poor tolerance of emotions such as anger, and in turn frequently lead to efforts to avoid or escape the experience of negative emotion, particularly anger, with violent behaviour often the consequence. Based on supported principles within the AAM, contextual anger regulation therapy (CART) was developed specifically to treat clients exhibiting such anger-related violent behaviour. The current article provides a needed update on recent empirical findings that support the AAM, and subsequently discusses the relationship between the AAM and CART, an integrated acceptance-based behavioural intervention that the AAM directly generated.