First Advisor

Barbara Friesen

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Assertiveness (Psychology), Nursing home patients



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1 online resource (60 p.)


The National Organization for Women use assertion training as a part of its strategy to overcome the oppression of women in our society. Certainly another group of people who suffer from oppression are the elderly. When a person in our society reaches age 65, he or she may suddenly be perceived as of decreased worth and may face forced retirement and quite often may have to adjust to a lifestyle of poverty. If an elderly person's physical health begins to wane, a nursing home may suddenly become the day to day environment he or she must accept.

The therapists in the Residential Care Program, which offers mental health services to residents of nursing homes, at Elahan Mental Health Clinic and Center for Family Living in Vancouver, Washington realized that assertion training might be one way to help their elderly clients gain more control over their live and thus implemented an assertion training program. The following is an evaluation of that module which was introduced as part of the Elderly Day Treatment Program in 1977.


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