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Master of Arts




Dr. Jason Brown


The purpose of this study was to explore and identify key themes related to a child’s experience of anger. The existing literature on children’s emotional experiences stems from adult perceptions and interpretations; this study was envisioned to investigate the experience of anger among children using their own words. Participants were male and female students, aged 8-9 and in a general grade three classroom within a community school. Through the use of semi-structured interview focus groups conducted over a span of 10 weeks, participants were invited to disclose their understandings of anger and how they experienced it. Results were analyzed via a content analysis procedure that resulted in five themes. These themes consisted of Understanding Anger, Origins of Anger, Consequences of Anger, Regulation and Resolution of Anger, and finally Relations with Others. Results and implications of the findings were discussed.