Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran
Background and objective: This study aimed to examine the impact of anger management training on anger and blood pressu- re among patients with hypertension in Zahedan. Using a simple random sampling method, a total of 30 subjects was selected among patients referred to hospitals in Zahedan and was randomly assigned into two groups: an experimental group and a control group. Measurement tool used in the current study was Spielberger State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory-2 (1999). Moreover, the subjects’ levels of blood pressure were measured. The present study followed a pretest, posttest, and follow-up quasi-experimental design with a control group. The subjects assigned to the experimental group took part in 10 sessions of anger management training. Pretest, posttest, and one-month follow-up were conducted on both groups. Data was analyzed using univariate and multivariate analyses of covariance. Results demonstrated that anger management training was effective in reducing systolic blood pressure and anger among the patients with hypertension in the experimental group. In addition, results of the follow-up showed stability of the impacts of anger management training on systolic blood pressure and anger among the patients in the experimental group.
Anger Management Training, Blood Pressure, Anger.