Anger control group work with forensic psychiatric inpatients: theories and practical applications
Before reviewing the effectiveness of anger management group interventions with forensic inpatients, this chapter will briefly summarise current conceptualisations of anger and aggression and will make an argument supporting the provision of anger control treatment to this population. It will also describe a recent anger control group programme which is currently being piloted in two medium secure units in London. Difficulties with conducting research in this area and practice issues encountered during treatment provision will also be touched upon. It is hoped that readers interested in setting up, delivering and evaluating anger control group treatment with this population will find this chapter useful in increasing their awareness of the actual and potential contributions of applied psychological services, in assisting problem-solving and decision-making and in aiding the formulation of policy and its implementation.