Cognitive Relaxation Coping Skills

An Effective Practice


The Cognitive Relaxation Coping Skills (CRCS) program targets heightened cognitive, emotional, and physiological sensations, with a goal of increasing children's ability to control their emotions. Students are taught methods for relaxation and for attitude change and how to use those skills to control their feelings of anger. The premise of the program is that as students apply these skills and learn how to relax, or if they avoid becoming angry in the first place, they are better able to deal effectively with frustrating situations.

Goal / Mission

The goal of this program is to provide students with skills that can be used for understanding and controlling their emotions.

Results / Accomplishments

Significant treatment effects were found for reducing children’s levels of anger, depression, anxiety, and delinquent behavior. The study was conducted with high-anger youth, so the results may not be consistent across other populations.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Dr. Jerry L. Deffenbacher
Department of Psychology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-6871
Health / Mental Health & Mental Disorders
Health / Children's Health
Education / School Environment
Colorado State University
Promising Practices Network
Date of publication
Jun 2006
Fort Collins, CO
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