Assertiveness

Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Outwardly-directed aggressive behaviour is a significant part of problem behaviours presented by people with intellectual disabilities. Prevalence rates of up to 50% have been reported in the literature, depending on the population sampled. Such behaviours often run a long-term course and are a major cause of social exclusion. This is an update of a previously published systematic review (see Hassiotis 2004; Hassiotis 2008).

Author(s): 
Ali, Afia
Hall, Ian
Blickwedel, Jessica
Hassiotis, Angela
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Nursing Education

Manifestations of stress and anger are becoming more evident in society. Anger, an emotion associated with stress, often affects other aspects of everyday life, including the workplace and the educational setting. Stress and irrational anger in nursing students presents a potential teaching-learning problem that requires innovative evidence-based solutions. In this article, anger in nursing students is discussed, and background information on the topic is provided.

Author(s): 
Shirey, Maria R.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Sexual Behavior

A battery of five paper and pencil questionnaires designed to measure empirically 10 specific skills hypothesized to be involved in effective interpersonal communication was employed to assess the pre- and post-therapy levels of these skills in couples undergoing treatment for sexual dysfunction at the Masters & Johnson Institute in St. Louis, Missouri.

Author(s): 
Tullman, G. M.
Gilner, F. H.
Kolodny, R. C.
Dornbush, R. L.
Tullman, G. D.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Psychiatry

The authors present a collaborative treatment model designed to help the closely merged, troubled lesbian relationship. Therapeutic techniques focus on change in territorial, temporal, monetary, cognitive, emotional, and environmental space. A case example illustrates the interventions, which include individual and conjoint work, collaboration between therapists, education, bibliotherapy, referral to gay community resources, and specific suggestions for behavior change.

Author(s): 
Kaufman, P. A.
Harrison, E.
Hyde, M. L.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Nursing Practice

The findings indicate that there are many potentially positive outcomes, couched in terms of a spiritual journey, to be gained from the experience of serious illness for survivors who are well supported and obtain successful results from treatment. The work is from a qualitative programme exploring the notion of spirituality. The data are from the thematic analysis of verbatim transcriptions of audio-taped, in-depth, open-ended interviews with 12 survivors of haematological malignancies.

Author(s): 
McGrath, Pam
Publication Title: 
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Five questionnaires measuring altruistic and aggressive tendencies were completed by 573 adult twin pairs of both sexes from the University of London Institute of Psychiatry Volunteer Twin Register. The questionnaires measured altruism, empathy, nurturance, aggressiveness, and assertiveness. The intraclass correlations for the five scales, respectively, were .53, .54, .49, .40, and .52 for 296 monozygotic pairs, and .25, .20, .14, .04, and .20 for 179 same-sex dizygotic pairs, resulting in broad heritability estimates of 56%, 68%, 70%, 72%, and 64%.

Author(s): 
Rushton, J. P.
Fulker, D. W.
Neale, M. C.
Nias, D. K.
Eysenck, H. J.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

This paper takes the perspective that competitive strivings in self and others have been an area of difficulty for women and that gender socialization has played a significant role. The author discusses elements of competition that seem toxic for women and proposes descriptors of healthy competition. It is proposed that hypnosis provides a suitable method for neutralizing negative elements and promoting adaptive responses in competitive situations. Five applications of hypnotic methods are illustrated through two case examples.

Author(s): 
Hornyak, Lynne M.
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