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(p. 129) Module 6: Assertiveness, Effective Commands, and House Rules 

(p. 129) Module 6: Assertiveness, Effective Commands, and House Rules
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(p. 129) Module 6: Assertiveness, Effective Commands, and House Rules
Author(s):

Andrea Chronis-Tuscano

, Kelly O’Brien

, and Christina M. Danko

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190940119.003.0007
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date: 27 October 2020

In Module 6, parents learn about assertiveness and how to apply assertiveness skills to improve communication with others. An assertive (or authoritative) parenting style, characterized by giving effective commands and setting house rules, provides both nurturance and structure. The assertive parent follows through with healthy boundaries in a calm and effective manner. Parents also need to use assertiveness skills when they communicate with their child’s school, their partner/co-parent, and extended family members. In addition, parents’ success with self-care requires asserting their own needs (e.g., saying “no” to additional obligations), following through with needed changes, and challenging the beliefs (thoughts) about holding others accountable or asking for help. Given the large influence of social interactions on mood, assertiveness skills can have significant benefits for a parent’s overall interpersonal functioning across domains of family and work.

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