Adolescents’ Post-Conflict Amelioration of Anger and Sadness via Affective Perspective-Taking

Publication Date

Summer 4-2020


The aim of the present study was to examine how adolescents’ experiences of anger and sadness after recent conflicts are differentially modulated by a brief, affective perspective-taking task (Take Perspective). Participants were 196 girls and 106 boys enrolled in California high schools who engaged in an affective perspective-taking intervention within the novel CharacterMe app. Results supported that guided socioemotional training via technology can benefit adolescents’ affective recovery and coping responses after emotionally-heightened events. Support was found for hypotheses that adolescents’ anger and sadness would be ameliorated from worst point to post-intervention through their participation in the Take Perspective challenge. Per a mixed-design analysis of variance (ANOVA), results confirmed that Asian/Asian-American participants’ amelioration of their post-conflict anger differed according to reported conflict type. Additionally, ethnicity and gender differences were found for participants’ peak experiences of anger and sadness. Implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed.

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)

First Advisor

Wang, Kenneth T.

Document Type





Adolescents, Teenagers, Youth, Conflict, Perspective-taking, Anger, Sadness, Gender, Asian, Asian Americans, California, High schools, CharacterMe


Clinical Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Social Psychology


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