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Maintenance and Generalization of Assertive Skills

KAREN KIRKLAND and JENNIFER CAUGHLIN-CARVER
Education and Training of the Mentally Retarded
Vol. 17, No. 4 (DECEMBER 1982), pp. 313-318
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23877300
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Abstract

This research project evaluated the development, maintenance, and generalization of assertive skills among 28 mentally retarded adults. Participants were randomly assigned to an experimental (assertiveness training) group or a control group. The experimental group received 14 behavioral treatment sessions and the control group received delayed treatment. Results of the judges' ratings of videotaped role-play responses indicated significant improvement in polite refusal of unreasonable requests as well as the first scientific evidence of significant generalization and 12-week maintenance of assertive refusal skills for the experimental group. The control group also showed significant improvement and generalization of skills after receiving assertiveness training.

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