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In this study the interrelations among locus of control, social support and communication skills and their relationship with assertiveness were investigated by means of a path model. Nursing students (N = 105) participated in the study by completing questionnaires. Path analysis showed that the interrelations among locus of control, communication skills, and perceived peer support and their relationship with assertiveness are explained to a certain degree by the proposed model. The only variable that directly influenced assertiveness was communication skills. Perceived family support had no direct or indirect effect on assertiveness. The findings point to several considerations for nursing curricula including that faculty heads should plan and provide opportunities for learning activities that increase students’ assertiveness.