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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 262–263. Reviews the book, Approaches to Assertion Training by John M. Whiteley and John V. Flowers (Eds.) (1978). The bulk of Approaches to Assertion Training is a group of articles originally published in a 1975 issue of The Counseling Psychologist. Following a brief overview, the book is divided into three sections. Section 1 consists of five articles describing general approaches to assertion training. Section 2 is concerned with applications to special problems and populations including suicidal and depressed clients, women, the elderly, sexual assertiveness training, job interviews, school consultation, and group psychotherapy using assertion training plus token feedback. In the final section are two articles on assessment and one on training assertion trainers. The book is dated and does not reflect the growth of the assertion training literature in the last few years. The book also displays a variety of organizational weaknesses. Finally, there are some striking omissions from the volume. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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