Anger in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Students

Peter Boman, Amanda Mergler, Michael Furlong, Nerina Caltabiano

Abstract


This descriptive pilot study examined the cultural differences in the dimensions of self-reported anger in Indigenous and non-Indigenous (Caucasian) students aged 10-13 years in Far North Queensland, Australia. The Multidimensional School Anger Inventory – Revised (MSAI-R) (Boman, Curtis, Furlong, & Smith, 2006) was used to measure affective, cognitive and behavioural components of anger. It was found that Indigenous students had significant but small differences on the “anger experience” (affective) and “destructive expression” (behavioural) subscales. Considerations for school staff, attempting to support and connect with Indigenous students and future research are discussed.


Keywords


anger, Indigenous students, cultural difference, Multidimensional School Anger Inventory

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