Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Arthur Freeman, Ed.D. ABPP

First Advisor

Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., Chairperson

Second Advisor

L. Michael Ascher, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

James P. Mahan, Psy.D.


The present study proposed to advance the treatment of anger disorders by exploring the psychometric properties of the MAD-AS scale, an anger assessment tool. Research sought to build on prior investigation of the reliability, validity, and factor structure of the MAD-AS in an inpatient setting by examining this measure using outpatient subjects. Several important findings were obtained in this study. Research results suggest that the MAD-AS represents a significant improvement over some existing anger measures in terms of its brevity, its ease of administration, and its standardization of scoring. The MAD-AS appears to possess sound psychometric properties in terms of its reliability and validity. Findings indicate that the MAD-AS scales reflect the multidimensional quality of anger, measuring anger's cognitive, physiological, and behavioral components. These characteristics suggest its potential usefulness in diverse settings. The MAD-AS may function in research contexts as a valuable aid in the screening of participants. In clinical work, the MAD-AS can assist in identifying symptoms, choosing interventions, monitoring treatment, and evaluating outcomes.