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State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory-2 Child and Adolescent

Thomas M. Brunner, PhD, and Charles D. Spielberger, PhD

Assesses state and trait anger along with anger expression and control
Paper and pencil
Age range:
9 years to 18 years
10 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Test for Anger in Children and Adolescents


The STAXI-2 C/A is a 35-item self-report measure based on the adult version of the instrument, the STAXI-2. Like its parent version, the STAXI-2 C/A assesses both state and trait anger along with anger expression and control, allowing you to examine important dimensions that facilitate the evaluation of children with specific problem behaviors.

Features and benefits

  • Distinguishes temporary anger states from more trait-like or enduring conditions. 
  • Enhances the ability to assess and diagnose the spectrum of conditions in which anger intensity as an emotional state is important (e.g., bipolar disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, reactive attachment disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder).
  • Assesses the degree to which a child reacts only to specific negative events or more generally responds to diverse environmental events.
  • Assesses a child’s habitual anger coping style as either externalizing or internalizing (i.e., suppressive).
  • Assists in the determination of whether key aspects of a child’s anger profile may be related to problems with his or her health status (e.g., problems exacerbated by intense or frequent anger suppression).
  • Provides raw score to percentile and T-score conversions for both the total normative sample and six age-by-gender groups.
  • Presents discriminant and convergent validity based on correlations with the YSR DSM-Oriented and Syndrome scales for a subset of the normative sample and a clinical sample.
  • The STAXI-2 C/A may be used as part of the diagnostic process, as a tool for monitoring the long-term effects anger has on children and adolescents, and as a complement to threat assessment measures and procedures in a variety of settings.

Available in Spanish

All STAXI-2 C/A materials, including the manual, have been translated into European Spanish and designed especially for Spanish-speaking clinicians and their clients. Normative data were collected primarily in Spain, with additional data collected in some Latin American countries. Certain test items and stimuli in this translation vary from the English version because of cultural and linguistic differences between the countries and their language. Learn more or order.