I have no doubt that some (aggressive) medication will definitely work in cutting people's anger-outburst potential. But is the usual CBT-based anger management class effective? There's a 2013 BBC article which says the systematic evidence isn't too convincing, although (of course) practitioners say it works if the patient has enough commitment.

In particular, most doubt seem to be whether such class-based approach can affect real-life "heat of the moment" events/outburst. So what does the scientific evidence on this look like? Are there substantial well-designed studies on this, are there enough studies for meta-analyses etc.?

  • $\begingroup$ Would the answers in psychology.stackexchange.com/q/1977 help with your question? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Jul 30 '18 at 22:22
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisRogers: there's only a deleted answer there which mentioned anger in passing, so no, it doesn't help much. $\endgroup$ – Fizz Jul 30 '18 at 22:28
  • $\begingroup$ The the last section of the first answer (shortfalls of CBT) may cover it as it is talking about CBT for all human problems. $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Jul 30 '18 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ It doesn't answer my question as to the quality (and quantify) of research on CBT-for-anger-management. $\endgroup$ – Fizz Jul 30 '18 at 22:37

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