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Assessing assertive behaviour in student nurses: a comparison of assertion measures

McCartan, Patrick and Hargie, Owen (1990) Assessing assertive behaviour in student nurses: a comparison of assertion measures. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 15 (12). pp. 1370-1376. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1990.tb01778.x


This study compared four different assertive measurements used to assess student-nurse behaviour The measurements employed included a semantic differential ‘subjective self-report’, the Rathus Assertiveness Schedule, a behavioural test, and observer ratings The study was divided into three different phases In phase one, subjects (n= 19) were requested to complete the two self-report measures Several days later, they were asked to partake in a behavioural test which took the form of a response to an unreasonable request The final phase entailed observers (n= 9) viewing a video-recording of the behavioural test (without sound) and rating subjects on levels of assertiveness Analyses of the results revealed only one significant finding, namely that there was a positive relationship between the scores on the Semantic Differential Measurement and the Rathus Assertiveness Schedule (P < 0.05) No other significant results emerged The findings of this investigation are discussed in the context of the role of assertive behaviour in nursing.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Communication
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:20196
Deposited By: Professor Owen Hargie
Deposited On:04 Oct 2011 08:09
Last Modified:04 Oct 2011 08:09

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