Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs

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The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of assertive training with short-term psychiatric patients. The sample consisted of 36 subjects--18 males and 18 females--who were hospitalized patients at the Bernalillo County Mental Health Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Patients were asked to participate in the study upon admission, and were randomly assigned to groups of six to either of two control conditions or to an assertive training condition. The Assessment-Only control group was only administered pre- and post-tests. The Placebo Control group received ten hours of painting and drawing between the pre- and post-tests. TLe experimental groups received ten hours of assertive training which included practicing of assertive responses in situations using behavior rehearsal techniques. The two control conditions and the assertive training group each spanned five-day periods.

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Secondary Education

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Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy

First Committee Member (Chair)

Wayne R. Maes

Second Committee Member

Karl Koenig

Third Committee Member

Robert Buie

Fourth Committee Member

William Fishburn

Fifth Committee Member

Robert Micali