ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Anger Management and Factors that Influence Anger in Physicians
Emel Koçer 1, Fatih Canan 1, Abdulkadir Koçer 2
1Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Düzce University, Düzce, Turkey
2Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Düzce University, Düzce, Turkey
DOI : 10.5174/tutfd.2009.02721.4
Pages : 62-68


Objective: There are limited data regarding anger and its management with respect to physicians and many other professionals. Our objective was to evaluate anger expression and control in physicians.

Material and Methods: The physicians of the Düzce School of Medicine were the participants in the study. Physicians were assigned to either an internal medicine or a surgery study group. Each group contained physicians from several specialties. The Spielberger State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory, and the Beck Anxiety and Depression Inventories were administered to all participants. The physicians (n=158) were evaluated and compared with controls (n=105) in terms of anger control and sociodemographic variables.

Results: Anger-control scores were higher in physicians (p<0.01) and in those who willingly chose the medical profession (p<0.05). Age, number of years as a physician, and the specialty were negatively correlated with anger management in physicians working in the surgical disciplines (p<0.01). Only Beck anxiety and depression scores were positively correlated with anger-trait scores and anger-in scores for physicians working in the internal medicine disciplines (p<0.01).

Conclusion: Physicians were relatively successful in coping with anger. A willingness to choose the medical profession was a factor influencing anger control. Age was the major factor affecting anger management in physicians.

Keywords : Age, anger, anxiety, depression, doctor, internal medicine, surgery
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