Development and empirical evaluation of a self-administered assertiveness training program

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A self-administered assertiveness training program, developed from empirical data involving assertiveness training and self-control, was designed to train refusal of unreasonable requests not only from strangers but also in the context of close relationships in which continuation of the relationship is important. A comparison with a procedurally parallel placebo program, which was empirically established to be equally credible, indicated that both programs increased assertive expression of rights. (Ss were 20 volunteers.) However, the assertiveness program produced superior effectiveness of assertion, content of assertion, verbalization of assertion-related obligations, persistent assertive responding, and rational cognitive behaviors. (1 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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