Date of Award

Summer 1975

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Kipfmueller, Mark K.

Second Advisor

Gawkoski, Roman

Third Advisor

Nordberg, Robert B.


The purpose of this study is to ascertain if there are significant differences in results of assertive training when cognitive behavioral methods are contrasted with behavioral methods alone. Most of the existing research centers about the use of behavioral methods and little, if any, attention has been devoted to cognitive components of assertive behavior. The term assertive behavior will be defined as that type of interpersonal behavior in which one stands up for one' s own basic humnan rights in such a way that the rights of another are not violated in the process. It is a direct, honest, and appropriate expression of one's feelings, opinions, and beliefs (Jakubowski-Spector, 1973b). Operationally defined, assertiveness will be that trait as measured by- the College Self-Expression Scale and Behavioral Assertion Test.



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