Speed, Goldstein, and Goldfried () provide a thorough review of the declining emphasis on assertiveness training in psychotherapy since its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s and compelling evidence about the efficacy of assertiveness training in treating a range of clinical problems. They point to a philosophical change, partially driven by emphases on developing treatment packages for diagnosed disorders, that has moved the field away from its prior focus on stand‐alone treatments. They call for a return to considering assertiveness training as a transdiagnostic intervention that could effectively address many clients’ issues and note changing funding priorities based in the NIMH Research Domain Criteria initiative that could support additional research on assertiveness as a basic psychological construct.The consideration of assertiveness as a transdiagnostic construct is timely. In light of observations that many disorders share common comorbidities, that subthreshold levels of diagnoses can be associated with high levels of distress, and that individuals with the same diagnoses often experience widely varying levels of severity, there is an increasing focus on identifying a relatively small number of core underlying dimensions that manifest in a range of psychological disorders. Speed et al. suggest that targeting the specific anticipatory anxiety or behavioral skill deficits
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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