J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2010 Dec;14(2):97-103.

Trends in Anger and Aggression Across the Life Span in Korean Population

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea. kimjl@cnu.ac.kr
  • 2Seoul Central Clinic, Anseong, Korea.


This study was to investigate the trends in anger and aggression with aging in Korean population aged from twenties to eighties.
Two hundreds ninety-five subjects included, ranged 22 to 92 years old. All subject participate in a clinical interview with psychiatrists who use the MINI (Mini international Neuropsychiatric Interview) to diagnosis psychiatric disorders, and were not any psychiatric disorders.
In elderly group, the scores of Trait anger, Anger expression, and totol of STAXI were higher than adult group, where as the scores of State anger of STAXI, Hostility of AQ, and Disturbances, Embarrassing, Unpleasant circumstances, and total of RI were higher in adult group. Trait anger and Anger expression were shown trends to increase with age. On the other hands, State anger, Hostility, and Reaction to external stimuli were shown trends to decrease with age.
The reaction to anger situation and aggression decrease with age, although anger increase with age. Various factor, such as defense mechanism may affect on aggressive expression and response. There will be needed to investigate associated factors between anger and aggression.


Age; Anger; Aggression; Trend; Korean
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