Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice presents cutting-edge developments in the science and practice of clinical psychology by publishing scholarly topical reviews of research, theory, and application to diverse areas of the field, including assessment, intervention, service delivery, and professional issues.

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Current Issue Highlights

“Assertiveness Training: A Forgotten Evidence-Based Treatment”

Brittany C. Speed
Brandon L. Goldstein
Marvin Goldfried

Brittany Speed is a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. Before attending Stony Brook, she obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia in psychology. Her research utilizes a multi-method approach, including slef-report, behavior and psychophysiology, in the measurement of emotional processing. Her clinical and research interests include understanding in the role of dimensional, transdiagnostic factors, such as emotion dysregulation and personality, in the development and maintenance of clinical problems.

Assertiveness training, a once highly popular area of investigation, has been neglected in recent years by the field of psychotherapy. Unassertive behavior reflects an individuals’ difficulties expressing their wants/needs/interests effectively, often manifesting as excessive agreeableness or hostility. Thus, the goal of assertiveness training, which uses a variety of cognitive behavioral techniques, broadly aims to help individuals reduce anxiety-based inhibitions and learn specific skills to develop more effective social functioning. A substantial body of research indicates that unassertiveness is a relevant factor associated with a variety of clinical problems, populations, and contexts, and that assertiveness training is a valuable transdiagnostic intervention. Despite its demonstrated important, research on assertiveness and assertiveness training as a stand-alone treatment within clinical psychology has diminished drastically. The current article reviews the history of assertiveness training, revisiting early research evidence for assertiveness training in treating various clinical problems, discusses the current status of assertiveness training, considers issues of clinical implementation, and comments on how the variables accounting for unassertiveness map onto the NIMH RDoC funding priorities.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Issue!

“Assertive Behavior: A Double-Edged Sword for Women at Work?”
Author: Suzanne H. Lease

“Assertive Behavior and Assertion Training as Important Foci in a Clinical Context: The case of Social Anxiety Disorder”
Author: Rick Heimberg, Michaela Swee, Simona Kaplan

“Do Neurocognitive Abilities Distinguish Suicide Attempters from Suicide Ideators: A Systematic Review of an Emerging Research Area”
Author: Boaz Y. Saffer, E. David Klonsky

“The Horse is Ready. We are Building the Cart.”
Author: John G. Keilp

“Highlighting Risk for Suicide from a Developmental Perspective”
Author: Diana J. Whalen, PhD, Joan L. Luby, MD, Deanna M. Barch, PhD

“Effects of Expressive Writing on Depressive Symptoms – A Meta-Analysis”
Author: Maren Reinhold, Paul Bürkner, Heinz Holling

“Maximizing Outcomes Associated with Expressive Writing”
Author: Denise Sloan, Brian Marx

“Individual Differences Matter: Commentary on “Effects of Expressive Writing on Depression Symptoms—A Meta-Analysis”
Author: Stephanie Rude, Morgynn Lynn Haner

“Evidence-based implementation practices applied to the intensive treatment of eating disorders: Summary of research and illustration of principles using a case example”
Author: Heather Thonpson-Brenner, Gayle Brooks, Hallie Espel-Huynh, Rachel Dore, Dee Franklin, Alex Goncalves, Melanie Smith, Shelby Ortiz, Susan Ice, David H. Barlow, Michael Lowe

“We’re only at the tip of the iceberg – a commentary on higher levels of care for Anorexia Nervosa”
Author: Eunice Y. Chen, Walter H. Kaye

“Evidence-based practice and the residential treatment of eating disorders: Time to raise the bar”
Author: Angela S. Guarda, Evelyn A. Attia

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