Speed, Goldstein, and Goldfried () review the history of assertiveness training in the science of clinical psychology, delineating the sudden decline in the literature of this previously well‐recognized and investigated treatment. The authors discuss the benefits of this intervention for a variety of both clinical and nonclinical concerns, advocating for the resurgence of assertiveness training as a stand‐alone treatment for a range of psychological disorders. In this commentary, we aim to discuss our view of the history of assertiveness training research, attending specifically to its intersection with social anxiety disorder (SAD). We discuss the role of assertiveness training in contemporary psychotherapies for SAD and conclude with important considerations and future directions for this area of clinical research and treatment.HISTORICAL CHANGES IN THE ASSERTIVENESS AND SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER LITERATURESSpeed et al. () delineate a stark change in the landscape of the assertiveness training literature; their figure 1 clearly illustrates an increase in publications on assertiveness training through 1988, followed by a sharp decline. The landscape of assertiveness training has indeed changed, although we question whether this shift is due entirely to neglect or disregard of the intervention; relevant historical factors may have played a large part in this shift. One of
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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