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Understanding problem anger and its causes in Australian veterans

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An innovative study into problem anger and its causes in Australian veterans is set to provide new insights into the ways that anger is experienced and will help develop our understanding of how to effectively treat problem anger.

Lead by the Centenary of Anzac Centre’s Treatment Research Collaboration, the Understanding Problem Anger and its Causes in Australian veterans (‘UNPAC’) study will investigate problem anger in ex-military personnel.

This pioneering study aims to take a peek into the everyday lives of Australian veterans to better understand how thoughts, feelings, and actions influence the frequency, intensity, and nature of anger experiences.

Using a unique research approach called Ecological-Momentary-Assessment (EMA), this method captures life as it is lived and involves prompting participants to complete brief on-the-spot micro-surveys in everyday settings. Leveraging the power of modern smartphone technology, participants use their own device to participate in the study from the comfort of their own homes.

“We know anger problems can be a source of great distress for Australian veterans and can harm an individuals’ family relationships and social networks.” says Dr Mark Hinton, Director of the Centenary of Anzac Centre’s Treatment Research Collaboration.

 

This innovative study will help us to gain a better understanding of problem anger in ex-military personnel and will guide future, targeted treatments more personalised to the specific needs of every veteran who wants to make some changes in the way they manage their anger.”

Dr Mark Hinton, Director of the Centenary of Anzac Centre’s Treatment Research Collaboration

 

Participants in the UNPAC study must be veterans of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) aged 18 years or older, served in the ADF for longer than 12 months, own a smartphone device, and are able to access a personal email account from an app on their smartphone.

The UNPAC study is currently recruiting participants. If you’re treating a veteran that might be suitable for this trial, refer them to UNPAC register page

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