The effects of sensitivity and assertive training upon the performance of nursing students

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Linda Higdon Kelton (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Michael Weiner

Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to compare the performance of three groups of second-year nursing students, enrolled in the North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, (l) after participation in sensitivity training combined with assertive training (experimental group), (2) after participation in a group session in which communication and interpersonal relationship skills were discussed and practiced, utilizing behavioral rehearsal (the IPR group), with (3) a no—treatment control group, which had volunteered for group sessions, but were placed on a waiting list during the experiment. The IPR group was studied because it paralleled the current educational method for teaching these skills. The subjects' performances were measured by (l) an assertive behavior test conducted within the hospital environment, (2) a Patient Response Form, completed by patients to whom the subjects had administered nursing care, (3) an Instructor Response Form, completed by each of the subject's instructors, and (4) an assertive inventory, containing a fear thermometer. It was hypothesized that the experimental group would perform superiorly to the other two groups on each measure and that the IPR group would be rated superiorly to the control group on the Instructor and Patient Response Forms.

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Language: English
Date: 1973
Group relations training
Assertiveness training
Nursing students $x Training of

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