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Title: Towards a cognitive understanding of assertiveness: Effects of cognition and distress on different expressions of assertive behavior
Authors: Vagos, Paula
Pereira, Anabela
Keywords: Adolescence
Assertiveness
Social contexts
Cognitive-behavioral
Structural equation modelling
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Vagos, P. & Pereira, A. (2018). Towards a cognitive understanding of assertiveness: Effects of cognition and distress on different expressions of assertive behavior. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 37(4), 133–148 (2019). Doi: 10.1007/s10942-018-0296-4. Disponível no Repositório UPT, http://hdl.handle.net/11328/3497
Abstract: Assertiveness, as the ability to adequately express oneself while maintaining social gains, can be applied to various social contexts and concomitant social demands, but the cognitive and emotional correlates underlying assertive behaviour in diverse social events has not been considered. We tested a cognitive-behavioral framework for understanding the self-reported enactment of diverse types of assertive behaviours (i.e., displaying negative and positive feelings, expressing and managing personal limitations, and taking initiative), using a sample of 679 adolescents (mean age=16.68, 261 boys) and a model generation approach to structural equation modelling. Cognition directly predicted lower distress and more frequent assertive behavior; also, cognition indirectly predicted assertive behavior through distress. Interpersonal management was the most salient cognitive theme predicting various types of assertive behaviors, alongside feeling less distressed when displaying negative feelings. Evidence was found for cognitive-behavioral theories being a valid approach to understanding assertiveness and sustaining insights for efcacious assertive training.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11328/3497
ISSN: 0894-9085
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