Helping young people to manage their anger

A young person's anger levels can be better managed through training techniques, new research has suggested. Published in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine, the study revealed a ten-week stress management programme can result in people having lower blood pressure later in life.

Dr Vernon Barnes, a Psychologist at the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Georgia Health Sciences University, noted such training - which includes ten 50-minute sessions - can lead to the diastolic measure reducing by around two points, a shift that could significantly lessen cardiovascular disease risk.

"We have an effective method that any school could use to help curtail violence and keep adolescents out of trouble with an improved mental state that benefits their physical wellbeing," Dr Barnes stated.

He added there is a link between violence and anger in young people and greater levels of anxiety and stress - a trend that can lead to higher blood pressure in such a demographic.

Dr Michael Hymans, a Chartered Psychologist and author of Whole School Strategies for Anger Management (Optimus Education), adds:

""When properly channelled anger can be a positive and productive for change when teachers use the appropriate skills. A cognitive behaviour approach to anger management training is a proven approach in this respect to describe anger in terms of a firework model and storm metaphor."