Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Social interaction between 18 experimental subjects, who had been dichotomized as either high assertive or low assertive from scores received on the College Self Expression Scale, and 36 non-target subjects, was unobtrusively videotaped. Sixteen observers viewed 20 minutes of social interaction for each experimental subject and recorded the rate and/or duration of six ethologically derived components of assertive or non-assertive behavior. In addition, the experimental subjects were dichotomized on the basis of Overall Assertiveness ratings. The frequency of the dependent measures was more highly related to Overall ratings of assertiveness, with 7 or the 8 behavioral measures differentiating the high and low assertive subject. Subjects dichotomized by the CSES were differentiated by frequency and/or duration of 3 of the eight dependent variables. No differences were observed between male and female subjects for the 5 assertive measures. However, females displayed significantly fewer non-assertive behaviors than males. The results and implications of the present research are discussed.


Robert Adams

Date of Award

Summer 1976

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1976 James A. Allmaras


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