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Relational Competence Theory

Research and Mental Health Applications

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction to Relational Competence Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 3-18
    3. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 19-30
  3. Metatheoretical Assumptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 32-32
    2. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 33-42
    3. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 43-68
    4. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 69-93
  4. Theoretical Assumptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 96-96
    2. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 97-101
    3. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 103-108
    4. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 109-114
    5. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 115-123
  5. Normative Theoretical Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-126
    2. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 127-146
    3. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 147-152
    4. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 153-161
    5. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 163-188
    6. Luciano L’Abate, Mario Cusinato, Eleonora Maino, Walter Colesso, Claudia Scilletta
      Pages 189-201
  6. Clinically Relevant Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 204-204

About this book

Introduction

Relational competence—the set of traits that allow people to interact with each other effectively—enjoys a long history of being recorded, studied, and analyzed. Accordingly, Relational Competence Theory (RCT) complements theories that treat individuals’ personality and functioning individually by placing the individual into full family and social context. The ambitious volume Relational Competence Theory: Research and Mental Health Applications opens out the RCT literature with emphasis on its applicability to interventions, and updates the state of research on RCT, examining what is robust and verifiable both in the lab and the clinic. The authors begin with the conceptual and empirical bases for the theory, and sixteen models demonstrate the range of RCT concerns and their clinical relevance, including:

- Socialization settings for relational competence.

- The ability to control and regulate the self.

- Relationship styles.

- Intimacy and negotiation.

- The use of practice exercises in prevention and treatment of pathology.

- Appendices featuring the Relational Answers Questionnaire and other helpful tools.

Relational Competence Theory both challenges and confirms much of what we know about the range of human relationships, and is important reading for researchers, scholars, and students in personality and social psychology, psychotherapy, and couple and family counseling.

Keywords

Counseling Intervention RCT identity intimate relationships psychology selfhood

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.AtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Dipto. Psicologia GeneraleUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly
  3. 3.Scientific Institute Eugenio MedeaBosisio PariniItaly
  4. 4.Dipto. Psicologia GeneraleUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly
  5. 5.BollateItaly

About the authors

Since his retirement in 1990, Luciano L'Abate, Ph.D. has been Professor Emeritus at Georgia State University where he was previously a Professor of Psychology beginning in 1965. L'Abate has been an editorial board member of many national and foreign professional and scientific journals, as well as a consultant to various publishing houses. He is the author and co-author of over 300 papers, chapters, and book reviews in professional journals in addition to authoring/editing 34 books. His work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Finnish, Spanish, French, Polish, and German languages. Dr. L'Abate is the recipient of many awards including "Family Psychologist of the Year for 1994" by Division 43 of the American Psychological Association, "Outstanding Contribution" by the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and "Outstanding Citizen" by the House of Representatives in the State of Georgia. He has also held workshops and lectured extensively in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Dr. L'Abate has spent the last several years involved full-time in writing and research since his retirement from Georgia State University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Relational Competence Theory
  • Book Subtitle Research and Mental Health Applications
  • Authors Luciano L'Abate
    Mario Cusinato
    Eleonora Maino
    Walter Colesso
    Claudia Scilletta
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5665-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4419-5664-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-8208-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-5665-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 326
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Personality and Social Psychology
    Psychotherapy
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This is a scholarly work, both in terms of operationalized research into relationships as well as its major understandings of the human state of relatedness which are difficult to measure or operationalize. The healing of couples and the complexity of intimate human relationships is definitely a challenge.

This book is a fascinating, erudite, and most useful theoretical and practical book for any therapist who wants to understand relationships, priorities, models for commitment. It behoves us to really understand the conscious and unconscious interpersonal and intrapsychic relationships of clients." (Sandra E.S. Neil, Clinical and Family Psychologist, September 2010)

"Through a thorough review of the research that digs deeply into the complexity of human interactions, L'Abate and his colleagues elucidate the concepts of relational competence...This book may become one of the authoritative sources for comprehensive research on social interaction. Luciano L'Abate, the senior author, proves his mettle as one of the hardest working and most productive researchers on human interaction. The references at the back of the book take at least 2 1/2 full pages to list his citations, revealing a man whose research covers the waterfront, from intimacy ("Intimacy is Sharing Hurt Feelings," 1977) through therapy (Beyond Psychotherapy, 2002) to play (The Praeger Handbook of Play across the Life Cycle, 2009)." (David Ryback, The Georgia Psychologist, September 2010)

"...The authors have created a potentially powerful model for understanding relationship competence, and one that deserves wide attention and serious consideration." (James P. Schmidt, PsycCRITIQUES Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, January 2011)