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Assertiveness and work-related cognitions in a sample of black South Africans

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dc.contributor.author Nel D en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:38:00Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:38:00Z
dc.date.submitted 1993 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/35907
dc.description.abstract The objective of the present study was to identify the automatic thoughts and beliefs underlying assertive behaviour in a sample of Black employees. The study was conducted in two phases. A pilot study was carried out to identify activating events associated with assertive/non-assertive behaviour in the work place. In the second phase, these activating events were used during a semi-structured interview to elicit automatic thoughts associated with assertive/non-assertive behaviour. The subjects were 18 Black employees from four different companies. A content analysis was done on the interview transcripts and this revealed six themes underlying assertive behaviour. These six themes/beliefs were (1) that there is a need for all human beings to support/understand/respect one another (2) that certain kinds of behaviour (for example racism, sexism, destructive criticism) do not have to be accepted (3) that one has something to offer (4) that one has a right to avoid trouble when this preserves self-respect (5) that one has a right to self-advancement and (6) that one has a right to more information/knowledge. The themes that were revealed underlying non-assertive behaviour were (1) that there are certain unalterable rules that must be obeyed (absolutist thinking) and (2) an individual will not be able to make a difference (in his/her undertakings) and therefore another person needs to accept responsibility (negative self-evaluation). en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Clinical psychology en
dc.subject 025 Sociology en
dc.title Assertiveness and work-related cognitions in a sample of black South Africans en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA (Kliniese Sielkunde) en

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