Date of Award

5-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Joanne Rhone

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between anger expression and hypertension in the African American population. Fifty African American males and females receiving services in an African American hair salon in Riverdale, Georgia were enrolled in the study. The Spielberger State Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI) which provides concise measures of the experience and expression of anger was administered to each participant. The exploratory research design was utilized in this study to examine whether there was a significant relationship between anger expression and hypertension. A stratified analysis was conducted to identify and evaluate confounding and interactive factors such as gender, belief that white racism exists in today's society, whether one has experienced racial discrimination within the last six months, and whether one believes racial discrimination affects one's stress level. However, there was no evidence of interaction between any of the factors and anger expression in the African American population.

The hypothesis indicated that there will be a statistically significant relationship between anger expression and hypertension. Findings indicated that there is no statistically significant relationship between anger expression and hypertension. The conclusion drawn from this study demonstrated that more research is needed to determine the relationship between emotions and health in the African American population.

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