Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Weist, Mark D. URN etd-06102012-040356 Title Assertiveness in boys :evaluating the construct using template matching procedures Degree Master of Science Department Psychology Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Ollendick, Thomas H. Committee Chair Finney, Jack W. Committee Member Jones, Russell T. Committee Member Keywords
- Child psychology.
Date of Defense 1988-08-15 Availability restricted AbstractThe present investigation expanded on the template
matching approach (Cone, 1980) to empirically evaluate
whether assertiveness is associated with interpersonal
success among a group of fourth grade boys. Using popular
sociometric status as an index of success in interaction,
the performances of 15 popular boys were compared with
those of 15 rejected boys in a role-play measure of social
behavior. An observation code containing behaviors
traditionally associated with assertiveness was compared
to a code containing inductively generated behaviors.
Popular boys demonstrated significantly higher levels of traditional and inductive behaviors. Total scores on the
inductive behavioral, code correlated significantly with
self-reported assertiveness, while total scores on the
traditional code did not. On an evaluative measure of
assertive, aggressive and submissive response
alternatives, the two groups showed no significant
differences. The utility of the template matching method
in empirical target selection and validation was
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