Assertiveness in Indian Context: Perspectives of Urban Adults from Mumbai

Acharya, Vinita A and Sharma, PSVN and Nair, Sreekumaran N (2016) Assertiveness in Indian Context: Perspectives of Urban Adults from Mumbai. Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 48 (1). pp. 17-20.

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Introduction: Assertiveness is one of the important communication skill influencing our relationships and life role participation. It is known to play a role in stress management, conflict resolution and in maintaining a positive self-concept. Indians are traditionally considered to be not as assertive as their Western counterparts. However, with changing trends in the society and improvement in financial and educational status, it may be expected to change. Method: Qualitative methods were employed to understand the perspectives of urban adults in Mumbai about assertiveness. Four focus group discussions were conducted with men and women from different age groups and social backgrounds to understand their beliefs and experiences related to assertiveness. Findings: Three key themes emerged from the analysis of the data. ‘Acceptance by others’, ‘positive emotions as an outcome’ and ‘risk-benefits ratio’ appeared to be major concerns in being assertive. Conclusion: Understanding the views on assertiveness and perceived barriers to being assertive may help develop strategies for effective assertiveness training. It would enable occupational therapists to educate individuals in developing assertiveness which could be an effective step towards mental health promotion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assertiveness; Adults; Indian context; Mental health promotion; Qualitative research
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Occupational Therapy
Departments at MU > Statistics
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Psychiatry
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 11:02
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2016 14:43

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