The author presents a struggle that Asian American church leaders have with high levels of anger. He contends that the deep influence of their ethnic, family-of-origin, and church “cultures” have shaped their misunderstanding of what anger actually is and how it’s processed and expressed, leading to their high levels of anger. The unhealed hurts and wounds of their souls as well as the lies that became part of their lives when they experienced those hurts and wounds have become major sources of their high levels of anger. The author uses his Slow to Anger Formula in the intervention that he created called the Slow to Anger Program to offer the Soul Care principles and the framework necessary to deal with these sources of anger to ultimately lower their anger levels. The fifteen participants that were recruited for this research were asked to take an anger assessment called the Novaco Anger Scale-Provocation Inventory prior to engaging in the STAP as well as upon their completion of the program. The data collected when comparing their pre-intervention scores to their post-intervention scores along with their response to their Exit Interview Questionnaire revealed the effectiveness of the STAP in lowering the high levels of anger in Asian American church leaders.
|Commitee:||Sanders, Martin P., Kwan, Deanna|
|School:||Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Asian American Studies, Mental health, Pastoral Counseling|
|Keywords:||Slow to Anger Program, Christian leaders, Family-of-origin, Shame, Soul care, Asian American church leaders, New York, New Jersey|
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