University of Wisconsin - Green Bay


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Ryan Martin

Fall 2011

"Validation of the Angry Cognitions Scale: Prison Form"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "The purpose of this project, Validation of the Angry Cognitions Scale (ACS): Prison Form, was to assess the reliability and validity of an alternative version of a questionnaire I developed. The questionnaire, the ACS, was designed to measure six types of thoughts associated with the experience of anger. These thought types are misattributing causation, overgeneralizing, inflammatory labeling, catastrophizing, demandingness, and adaptive thoughts. Two previous papers have been published on the ACS and two are currently in preparation. However, while the ACS has shown to be a valuable instrument with regard to measuring anger-related thoughts, one limitation is that it has never been tested in a prison setting. Additionally, some items are not appropriate for the prison setting as they ask questions about experiences not commonly had by those who are incarcerated (e.g., driving-related questions). To address these issues, my coauthor, Michael Wydo of the Federal Corrections Institution, and I rewrote some items on the ACS to make it more appropriate for use with prisoners. We just completed our data collection from approximately 150 male prison inmates. The GIAR I obtained was used to facilitate the data collecting by purchasing 150 copies of the State-Trait Anger Expression Scale-2 (STAXI-2), a questionnaire that measures the experience and expression of anger. The data collection could not have been completed without this scale. Our next step is to analyze the data and we intended to present and publish our findings."


Spring 2008

"Travel Funds for APA Conference"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2007

"Three presentations at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2006

"Three presentations at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention"

Grant in Aid of Research