Some demographic and health correlates of trait anger in Israeli adults

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The major aim of this study is to gather systematic data on selected demographic correlates of trait anger (T-Anger) among a probabilistic sample of Israeli adults. The sample was composed of 923 respondents sampled through a stratified, cluster area-probability sampling procedure. Data were collected on T-Anger and, for comparison sake, trait anxiety (T-Anxiety), along with a host of demographic and epidemiological indices. T-Anger correlated significantly with sex, age, and ethnicity. Specifically, females, Eastern respondents, and older persons scored higher on T-Anger compared to their male, Western, and younger counterparts, respectively. Furthermore, T-Anger means were found to decrease linearly as a function of age. T-Anger correlated significantly, though modestly, with a number of self-report health indices, including self-reports of headaches, shortness of breath, wheezing, bronchial problems, and recent hospitalization. A comparison of the effects of background correlates on T-Anger and T-Anxiety indicates that T-Anger is somewhat less sensitive to the effects of background and health variables than T-Anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1990

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The data were collected as part of an ongoing study on “Benefits of morbidity reduction from air pollution control,” funded by the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation. The author thanks Professor Mordechai Schechter, principal investigator of the foregoing research, for his help in implementing this study. The author also thanks Professor Charles Spielberger for his encouragement throughout the research enterprise. Requests for reprints or for further information may be addressed to Moshe Zeidner, Ph.D., School of Education, University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, 31999, Israel.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • General Psychology


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