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NCJ Number: 70469 Find in a Library
Title: Passivity, Assertion, and Aggression - Assertive Training With Two Types of Institutionalized Criminal Offenders
Author(s): R E Gregg
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 183
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this study, assertive training was tested as a programmed intervention method for use with minimum custody prison inmates displaying either passive or aggressive behavior.
Abstract: They study was conducted at a Southwestern minimum security institution. Twenty-five inmate volunteers were chosen of each behavior type (passive or aggressive). Half were randomly assigned to a group receiving nine hours of assertive training. Half were assigned to a comparison group. There were four groups in all with an assertive training focused on four common emotion-arousing situations, and it consisted of guided role playing, performance feedback, and lectures which described assertive behavior and emphasized respect for human rights as a basis for effective behavior. Comparison groups followed the same schedule. Subjects' written responses to six hypothetical emotion-arousing situations were collected before and after training and were rated for interpersonal activity and respect for others' rights. Aggressive subjects increased significantly in respect following training while passive subjects increased in activity, suggesting that both types became more assertive in responding. Aggressive subjects were found to decrease significantly in self-reported hostility and to increase in selfcontrol, while passive subjects decreased in self-reported anxiety and irritability and increased in self-control of reinforcing events. Lectures and discussions were found to be ineffective training modules in assertive training, the study indicated that assertive training can be an effective means of influencing positive behavior change in certain prison inmates. Tables, figures, approximately 100 references and six appendixes pertaining to the research are included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Psychological research; Youth advocates
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