Assessment & Measurement of Anger in Behavioral and Social Sciences: A Systematic Review of Literature

Amir Mohammad Shahsavarani, Sima Noohi, Saeideh Jafari, Maryam Hakimi Kalkhoran, Samira Hatefi


Introduction: Assessment and measurement of anger have been an interesting subject for experts in psychological and social sciences and have been done in varied forms especially in three different populations of ordinary, clinical, and military clusters.

Method: In the present systematic review, keywords include “anger assessment, anger measurement, anger assessment instruments, standardization of anger assessment instruments, standardization of anger measurement instruments, and anger test”. These keywords were searched in “PubMed, ScienceDirect, Google Scholar, Google Patent, MagIran, SID, Proquest, Ebsco, Springer, IEEE, Kolwer, & IranDoc” search engines. According to the relation between the study sections, academic publishing, publishing after 2000 and Jadad system relevant sources were selected. The manuscripts were then finalized by the evaluation of five experts in anger domain via the Delphi method.

Results: According to analyses of ordinary, clinical, and military populations, four specific and three general-purpose instruments of anger assessment have been found which have at least more than three studies of standardization and validation.

Conclusion: According to the study findings, it is proposed to validate, and standardize NAS-PI in different populations in order to anger assessment and investigation in healthy and non-clinical, clinical and pathological, as well as military populations. The lack of biological and physiological anger assessment instruments is discussed as well.


Anger, Anger Assessment, Anger Measurement, Systematic Review, Jadad Method, Delphi Method.

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