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Title: Building a definition of irritability from academic definitions and lay descriptions
Author: Barata, Paula C.; Holtzman, Susan; Cunningham, Shannon; O'Connor, Brian P.; Stewart, Donna E.
Abstract: The current work builds a definition of irritability from both academic definitions and lay perspectives. In Study 1, a quantitative content analysis of academic definitions resulted in eight main content categories (i.e., behaviour, emotion or affect, cognition, physiological, qualifiers, irritant, stability or endurance, and other). In Study 2, a community sample of 39 adults participated in qualitative interviews. A deductive thematic analysis resulted in two main themes. The first main theme dealt with how participants positioned irritability in relation to other negative states. The second dealt with how participants constructed irritability as both a loss of control and as an experience that should be controlled. The discussion integrates the findings of both studies and provides a concise, but comprehensive definition.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9595
Date: 2015-04-08
Citation: Barata, P. C., Holtzman, S., Cunningham, S., O'Connor, B. P., and Stewart, D. E. (2016). Building a definition of irritability from academic definitions and lay descriptions. Emotion Review. 8(2), 164-172. https://doi.org/10.1177/1754073915576228


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