Anger is a natural response to many of life’s most troubling situations, but all too often explosions of teen anger can be harmful and hurtful. Hostility and anger can devastate a teen’s life, destroy relationships, cloud effective thinking, impact school performance, affect physical health and ruin future career plans. This program uses dramatic, thought-provoking interviews with real teenagers to demonstrate that, although it is easy to lose emotional control in school, at home and with friends, there are ways to resist exploding in anger or defiance. An adolescent psychologist offers viewers a wealth of common sense tips and advice that will help them more confidently cope with their emotional or angry responses to daily stresses. Tips include: recognizing anger triggers, taking a breath before reacting, defusing situations by talking, learning relaxation techniques and much more. Teacher’s Resource Book activities enable students to examine their own anger triggers and learn effective, healthy ways to harness their emotions.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
DVD contains Spanish subtitles.
Telly Award: Bronze
Five diverse teens discuss their individual moments of extreme anger. Jeffrey describes missing the winning basket in a championship game and banging his head with his fists, shouting obscenities, and trash-talking players on the opposing team. Jetaime talks about her rage when she encountered a group of girls taunting her younger cousin at the swimming pool and the resulting fight. Alexa and Beryl both experienced anger in their relationships with parents. Zyron discusses his habit of turning anger inward, denying himself food, and becoming depressed. Robin Goodman, a clinical psychologist, explains that while anger is a natural reaction, it can become problematic when it makes an individual act out aggressively or turn against oneself. She discusses sources of anger and prescribes expressing it in constructive ways like exercising and pursuing other activities. Interspersed with Goodman’s advice, the teens talk about the negative results of their anger like embarrassing themselves, alienating others, and incurring physical injuries. They also discuss receiving counseling and describe their coping mechanisms. The program ends with encouraging words from each teen. When the teens speak, the scene alternates between them and reenactments of their situations, adding interest for viewers. Teens will relate easily to this realistic, well-produced, instructive program.
- Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, OH