Program

Sep 07, 2012

OVERVIEW

Assertion Training with Adolescents is a program in which adolescents are given training on assertion skills in their middle school health-science class. Students in the intervention condition are given lessons in behavioral activities and taught consequences of assertive behavior.  Students are also provided with skills training in different areas to help their assertiveness. At post-test, significant impacts were found for both self-concept and intellectual achievement responsibility compared with both pre-test scores as well as post-test control group scores. At the seven week follow-up, the improved scores were maintained.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM

Target population: Middle school students

This program is a month-long assertion training program for adolescents. The program is designed for implementation in a middle-school setting. Treatment includes didactic instruction, role playing, group compliment sessions, modeling, and homework assignments. Social and emotional consequences of assertive behavior are demonstrated and practiced through role playing and behavioral rehearsal. The skills taught to students include appropriate eye contact, verbal volume, body posture, requests, refusals, self-praise, expression of feelings, and self-disclosures.

Students are instructed by a school counselor who does not receive any special training for this role. The treatment involves thirteen 45-minute sessions over a period of one month and one hour of consultation time.

EVALUATION(S) OF PROGRAM

Waksman, S. A. (1984). Assertion training with adolescents. Adolescence, 19(73), 123-130.

Evaluated population: Participants included 46 adolescent students enrolled in a health-science class in their regularly assigned middle school. The treatment and control groups had 23 students each. Average age was 13.61 years. There were 27 male participants and 19 female participants.

Approach:  Participants were randomized by a coin flip into either the treatment or control group. Outcomes measured at pre- and post-test and seven-week follow-up included self-concept and intellectual achievement responsibility.

Results: At post-test, significant impacts were found for both self-concept and intellectual achievement responsibility compared with both pre-test scores as well as post-test control group scores. At the seven week follow-up, the treatment group had maintained improved scores for both self-concept and intellectual achievement responsibility.

SOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION

References
Waksman, S. A. (1984). Assertion training with adolescents. Adolescence, 19(73), 123-130.

KEYWORDS: Adolescents, Middle School, School-based, Skills Training, Self-Esteem/Self-Concept

Program information last updated on 9/7/12.

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