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Revista Brasileira de Terapias Cognitivas

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TOMAS, Ana Carolina Tourinho  and  CARVALHO, Marcele Regine de. Assertive training for depression: a literature review. Rev. bras.ter. cogn. [online]. 2014, vol.10, n.2, pp. 103-111. ISSN 1808-5687.

Depression is highly prevalent and causes a significant negative impact on quality of life. Among the committed aspects are social skills and more specifically assertiveness, which has been identified as deficient in these patients. Therefore, assertive training is highly recommended in these cases. Understanding the inadequate standards of social behavior is essential so that we can act in the prevention and treatment of these symptoms in depressed patients. This paper presents a narrative review of the literature on assertiveness, assertive training and depression. The strategies used for the training of assertiveness are presented and studies that assessed the effectiveness of assertiveness training in depressed patients are described. It was found that assertiveness training programs have proven effective in depressed patients and can facilitate and enhance social interactions, which is an important gain for these patients. Studies in this theme are important for not only for the context of interpersonal relationships, but also for psychological disorders and their treatment.

Keywords : depression; social skills; assertive training.

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