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Access Type

WSU Access

Date of Award

January 2010

Degree Type


Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Antonio González-Prendes

Second Advisor

Poco Kernsmith


Research suggests that gender socialization contributes to how women perceive anger in

general and anger in other women, and to how women express anger themselves. The purpose of

this study was to evaluate whether there is a relationship between how women perceive anger in

other women and how they express anger themselves. Women age 18-75 (N=228) completed a

vignette based on the vignettes, and theory of anger diversion in Cox, Van Velsor & Hulgus

(2004), as well as the STAXI-2. Spearman Rho correlations found a relationship between how

women express anger and how likely they feel other women would react in a similar manner.

Comparisons were made and correlations were also found between how appropriate women

gauge different anger responses, how likely they felt other women would engage in a similar

manner, and women's own anger expression style. Implications for practice and future research

are included.

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