Anger Disorders Scale

Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.
Raymond Chip Tafrate, Ph.D.


The ADS measures clinically dysfunctional anger by assessing anger as an independent problem, rather than as a secondary symptom of another issue. It uses an Anger-In/Anger-Out model—which not only examines the physical aggression resulting from anger, but also the cognitions associated with anger that may be a part of affective aggression. ADS results provide a strong basis for developing appropriate intervention and treatment plans.

How to Use the Assessment
The ADS consists of the original ADS, as well as a shorter version (ADS:S). Both are available in handscored and software format. For the handscored ADS, respondents use Item Booklets and QuikScore™. Forms to complete the assessment. Responses are recorded and scores are calculated on the QuikScore™ Form. For the ADS:S, the items are included on the QuikScore™ Form, so Item Booklets are not necessary. Profile Reports and Interpretive Reports can be instantly generated with the software format of the ADS. Back to the top

Scales & Forms

  • Provocations Domain: Scope of Anger Provocations and Hurt/Social Rejection
  • Arousal Domain: Physiological Arousal, Episode Length, and Duration of Anger Problem
  • Cognitions Domain: Rumination, Resentment and Suspiciousness
  • Motives Domain: Revenge, Coercion, and Tension Reduction
  • Behaviors Domain: Brooding and Verbal Expression, Physical Aggression, Passive Aggression, Relational Aggression, and Indirect Aggression
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Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D. & Raymond Chip Tafrate, Ph.D.

Age Range 18 and older

Administration Time
Short: 5–10 minutes
Long: 20 minutes

Administration Type
  • Self-report

Qualification Level B