Anger Management Statistics

statistics donut chartAnger Management Statistics show just how far-flung anger is. The British Association of Anger Management has accumulated some revealing statistics based on the UK (2006):

  • 45% of UK adults regularly lose their temper at work
  • 33% of Britons are not on speaking terms with their neighbors
  • 1 in 20 have had a fight with the person living next door
  • UK airlines reported 1,486 significant or serious acts of air rage in a year a 59% increase over the previous year
  • More than 80% of UK drivers say they have been involved in road rage incidents
  • When facing computer problems, 50% of Britons have reacted by hitting their PC, hurling parts of it, screaming or abusing their colleagues
man angry at computerAbove: A man angry at his PC

MentalHealth.org.uk says GPs affirm that they have few alternatives for aiding sufferers who come to them with problem anger. Again these Anger Management Statistics are based on the UK.

  • There are some good examples of NHS-funded anger management courses and others being run by voluntary organizations, as well as private sector providers
  • Where NHS services do not exist GPs can refer people to voluntary sector providers and others, but often aren’t confident to do so
  • There are approximately 50 published research studies that have tested some kind of intervention for anger problems with adults and another 40 relating to children or adolescents, and researchers have concluded that successful treatments exist for adults, adolescents and children
  • Almost a third of people polled (32%) say they have a close friend or family member who has trouble controlling their anger
  • More than one in ten (12%) say that they have trouble controlling their own anger
  • More than one in four people (28%) say that they worry about how angry they sometimes feel
  • One in five of people (20%) say that they have ended a relationship or friendship with someone because of how they behaved when they were angry
  • 64% either strongly agree or agree that people in general are getting angrier
  • Fewer than one in seven (13%) of those people who say they have trouble controlling their anger have sought help for their anger problems
  • 58% of people wouldn’t know where to seek help if they needed help with an anger problem
  • 84% strongly agree or agree that people should be encouraged to seek help if they have problems with anger
  • Those who have sought help were most likely to do so from a health professional (such as a counselor, therapist, GP or nurse), rather than from friends and family, social workers, employers or voluntary organizations
  • Generational differences are striking. Older people are less likely to report having a close friend or family member with an anger problem or to be worried about how angry they sometimes feel or that they have trouble dealing with their own anger, than younger people
  • There are striking regional differences in responses to our anger polling especially between Scotland and other parts of the UK