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Title: Evaluation of the dimensions of anger reactions-5 (DAR-5) scale in combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.
Authors: Forbes, David;Alkemade, Nathan;Hopcraft, Dale;Hawthorne, Graeme;O'Halloran, Paul;Elhai, Jon D;McHugh, Tony;Bates, Glen;Novaco, Raymond W;Bryant, Richard;Lewis, Virginia J
Affiliation: Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Department of Psychology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA
Veterans' Psychiatry Unit, Austin Health, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia
Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Swinburne University of Technology, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia
Issue Date: 5-Oct-2014
Citation: Journal of Anxiety Disorders 2014; 28(8): 830-5
Abstract: After a traumatic event many people experience problems with anger which not only results in significant distress, but can also impede recovery. As such, there is value to include the assessment of anger in routine post-trauma screening procedures. The Dimensions of Anger Reactions-5 (DAR-5), as a concise measure of anger, was designed to meet such a need, its brevity minimizing the burden on client and practitioner. This study examined the psychometric properties of the DAR-5 with a sample of 163 male veterans diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The DAR-5 demonstrated internal reliability (α=.86), along with convergent, concurrent and discriminant validity against a variety of established measures (e.g., HADS, PCL, STAXI). Support for the clinical cut-point score of 12 suggested by Forbes et al. (2014, Utility of the dimensions of anger reactions-5 (DAR-5) scale as a brief anger measure. Depression and Anxiety, 31, 166-173) was observed. The results support considering the DAR-5 as a preferred screening and assessment measure of problematic anger.
Internal ID Number: 25445072
DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.09.015
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Anger
Aged, 80 and over
Anxiety Disorders.diagnosis
Depressive Disorder.diagnosis
Discriminant Analysis
Middle Aged
Quality of Life
Reproducibility of Results
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic.psychology
Stress, Psychological.diagnosis
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