Title page for ETD etd-06102012-040356

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
  • Child psychology.
Date of Defense 1988-08-15
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The 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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