Wanted: Another Good Cookbook

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 873–875. Reviews the books, Assertiveness: Innovations, Applications, Issues edited by Robert E. Alberti (1977) and Achieving Assertive Behavior: A Guide to Assertive Training by Harold H. Dawley, Jr., and W. W. Wenrich (1976). Dawley and Wenrich directed the content and style of their book toward three rather disparate audiences students in the behavioral sciences and helping professions, individuals concerned with the development of their own assertive behavior, and practicing therapists. It is perhaps because of this mixed intended audience that the book seems to be written at uneven levels; it is certainly because of this mix that the wording is addressed sometimes to trainer, sometimes to trainee. Alberti's edited text, in contrast, is clearly written for and to trainers. Rather than attempting to provide an intervention cookbook, it presents 35 chapters written, for the most part, by experienced practitioners familiar with the complexities of assertion training outside of the laboratory. The book's content is provocative, covers areas not generally addressed by systematic research but refined at least partially by its creative contributors, and documents the prematurity of trainer cookbooks with its extensive coverage and open style. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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