Psychometric Evaluation of the Rage Outbursts and Anger Rating Scale in an Outpatient Psychiatric Sample

Joshua M. Nadeau, Nicole M. McBride, Brittney F. Dane, Amanda B. Collier, Amanda C. Keene, Leah E. Hacker, Mark A. Cavitt, Jeffrey L. Alvaro, Eric A. Storch

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Abstract

The primary objective of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of a measure of anger/rage attacks—the Rage Outburst and Anger Rating Scale (ROARS)—in a sample of youth (n = 81, ages 7–17 years, 72.8 % male) receiving treatment at an outpatient pediatric psychiatric clinic. A trained rater completed the ROARS and Clinical Global Impression-Rage (CGI-Rage). Children completed the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale for Children and Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale. Parents completed the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale for Parents. Internal consistency (α = .89), inter-rater reliability (κ = .94) and 1-week test–retest reliability (r = .72) were calculated for the ROARS. The ROARS was correlated with CGI-Rage (r = .68, ρ < .001), although not with parent- and child-rated anxiety symptoms or with child-rated depressive symptoms. Implications regarding clinical utility of the ROARS and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1229-1234
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Anger attacks
  • Children
  • Rage
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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