A study of functional aspects of the relationship between anger and assertive behavior

[Speaker] Osao, Masumi:1
[Co-author] Hashimoto, Rui:2, Nagano, Kyoko:3, Nonaka, Shunsuke:1, Morita, Noriko:1, Shimada, Hironori:4
1:Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan), 2:National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (Japan), 3:Ibaraki Seinan Medical Center Hospital (Japan), 4:Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan)

About emotional anger, the functional and motivating aspects are important to determine what elicits assertive behavior. Therefore, in this study, we examined the morphology of angry emotions and assertive actions, and the relationship between them. A questionnaire was administered to 64 Japanese college students that described actions carried out during interpersonal relations. Variables of trait anxiety, school adaptation, and stress reactions were used to measure characteristics of anger. For this purpose, the students were grouped by cluster analysis into four groups: non-assertive group, low repertoire group, and high repertoire group and attack group. Results of ANOVA, significantly differed in stress responses (p <.05) between groups. Results imply that creating good communication with others through assertive behavior requires a decrease in emotional anger. Assertive behavior varies depending on the interpersonal situation. The importance of expressing functional aspects of anger that motivate assertive behavior was discussed.
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