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In the field of mental health, disorders such as anxiety and depression have been recognized for decades as debilitating ailments that often require professional treatment. In stark contrast to this, unhealthy anger has far fewer treatments in place, despite studies that suggest it may be an equally detrimental and widespread problem. Research-backed treatments are especially sparse for women and minorities, whose symptoms of unhealthy anger are often internalized rather than outwardly expressed. Antonio González-Prendes, Ph.D., and Shirley Thomas, Ph.D., assistant professors in WSU’s School of Social Work are working to change this with collaborative research that could lay a foundation for anger therapy in one of the most overlooked groups – African-American women. Their approach focuses on social messages on race and gender roles, which they suspect are major influencers on the experience and expression of anger.