Measuring anger expression in young patients with Tourette syndrome

Andrea E. Cavanna*, Claudia Selvini, Chiara Luoni, Clare M. Eddy, Fizzah Ali, Rosanna Blangiardo, Emanuela Gagliardi, Umberto Balottin, Cristiano Termine

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    Abstract

    Young patients with Tourette Syndrome (TS) can exhibit poor emotional control and aggression. We explored anger in young patients with TS. Twenty-five patients diagnosed with TS and 41 healthy controls completed the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI). Parents and teachers completed the child behavior checklist and Conners Parent/Teacher Rating Scales-Revised. STAXI scores were not significantly different between patients with TS and controls. However, many proxy-rated measures linked to anger and externalizing problems were significantly higher in TS. As proxy-rated instruments revealed more oppositional and aggressive behaviors in young patients with TS, they are important in the multidimensional assessment of TS. These findings offer useful insights into the nature of anger symptoms in young patients with TS and provide a basis for more effective diagnosis and management.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)264-274
    Number of pages11
    JournalChildren's Health Care
    Volume44
    Issue number3
    Early online date16 May 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Cavanna, A. E., Selvini, C., Luoni, C., Eddy, C. M., Ali, F., Blangiardo, R., Gagliardi, E., Balottin, U., & Termine, C. (2015). Measuring anger expression in young patients with Tourette syndrome. Children's Health Care, 44(3), 264-274. https://doi.org/10.1080/02739615.2014.896216