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Assertiveness (Psychology, Women)


In recent years, assertion training programs have become increasingly more popular and widespread. The value of this type of intervention has been demonstrated in the treatment of both clinical and nonclinical populations (cf. Wienman, Gelbart, Wallace and Post, 1972; Bloomfield, 1 973; Alberti and Emmons, 1 978). In response to the growing awareness of the importance of asserti veness in successful daily functioning, several measures of this characteristic have been developed (cf. McFall and Lillesand, 1971; Rathus, 1973). Most of these measures are self report questionnaires requiring written responses. For example, the Rathus Assertiveness Schedule consists of 30 statements and the subject is asked to indicate how characteristic each one is of her typical behavior. A global score reflecting one's degree of assertive behavior is then derived.