Anger Expression Scale (AEX)

The Anger Expression Questionnaire (AEX) yields 3 scale scores describing how an individual handles anger (In, Out, Control).


The AEX consists of 20 items that are rated on a 4-point Likert scale as follows:

Almost Never Sometimes Often Almost Always
1 2 3 4


The AEX yields 3 primary scales and one total score. Description of the scales and item loadings are listed below. Scale scores are calculated as the sum of respective items.

Anger Out (AEX_OUT) 2, 7, 9, 11, 13, 17, 19, 20
Anger In (AEX _AIN) 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 14, 15, 18
Anger Control (AEX _CON) 1,8,16
Anger Total (AEX _TOT) 1 – 20


AEX Questionnaire

SPSS Scoring Syntax File

R Scoring Syntax file


Spielberger, C. D., Jacobs, G., Russell, S., Crane, R. S., Jacobs, G. A., & Worden, T. J. (1985). The experience and expression of anger: Construction and validation of an anger expression scale. In M. A. Chesney & R. H. Rosenman (Eds.), Anger and hostility in cardiovascular and behavioral disorders (pp. 5-30). New York: Hemisphere.

Knight, R. G., Chisholm, B. J., Paulin, J. M., & Waal‐Manning, H. J. (1988). The Spielberger Anger Expression Scale: Some psychometric data. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 27(3), 279-281.

Spielberger, C. D. (1988). Manual for the state-trait anger expression inventory (STAXI). Odessa, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources.