The development of assertiveness under temporary children’s unions: psychological and pedagogical recommendations
This article is devoted to the effects of socio-psychological influence of a temporary children’s network on the development of assertion as a factor of successful socialization of adolescents. The particular impact of out-of-school temporary children’s networks is analyzed, the positive outcomes within groups of children are described. The author emphasizes the psycho-pedagogical phenomena taking place in the course of socialization of a teenager’s personality in informal children’s groups: democratic relationships, ease of behavior, free display of emotions, freedom from routine, excessive shyness, fantasizing, beliefs, active communication, games etc. Socio-psychological procedures of
acquisition of social norms in teenage groups are singled out (as exemplified by scouting), for instance,
socio-psychological contamination, inheritance, conviction, suggestion, identification of perception of public opinion and moods; as a result of voluntary submission to the will (authority) of the other; orders, stereotypes, traditions or rituals. Based on prior empirical research, the thesis presents a generic description of assertive and unassertive adolescents, the aspects of their cooperation with the surroundings and their internal feelings and reactions. Particularly interesting is the detailed description of behavioral and emotional reactions, which allows to differentiate between levels of assertive qualities of teenagers and establish logical and meaningful developmental practices. An adult is considered as a mentor and a role model for a teenager as a means of creation of a favorable atmosphere for an adolescent’s realization of their needs in self-understanding, selfdevelopment and the development of assertive qualities. The paper highlights detailed recommendations for teachers and psychologists for creation of conditions conducive to formation of a versatile and assertive personality of a modern teenager. The author proposes a series of methods and approaches to development of assertive qualities such as games, trivia, surveys, questionnaires, lectures, theme-based discussions in addition to group discussions, feedback etc.