Relating Theory – Clinical and Forensic Applications

  • John Birtchnell
  • Michelle Newberry
  • Argyroula Kalaitzaki

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction to Relating Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Birtchnell
      Pages 3-14
  3. Measures Based on Relating Theory

  4. Applications of Relating Theory to Clinical Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. John Birtchnell
      Pages 153-160
    3. Argyroula Kalaitzaki, John Birtchnell
      Pages 161-174
    4. Joannis Nestoros, Theodora Seliniotaki, Anastasia Vergoti, Emmanouil Benioudakis
      Pages 189-202
  5. Applications of Relating Theory to Forensic Psychology

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 341-356

About this book


"This volume is a fitting testament to Birtchnell's lasting contribution to the formulation and assessment of close relationships in illness and in health. [It] demonstrates how the issues around social relationships will always be important in our understanding of health and well-being whatever other area might have become temporarily fashionable in the meantime." - Professor Mick Power, Director of Clinical Psychology Programmes, National University of Singapore, Co-founding Editor of the Journal Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

 "We are in a “relating” era - where the consideration of the person as a relational phenomenon has become figural to intellectual discourse.  With this volume, the editors highlight an important voice in this discourse – that of John Birtchnell.  They have assembled an impressive cadre of scholars who have contributed to the application of relating theory to clinical and forensic psychology. This volume will appeal to both student and professor, and to professionals from diverse disciplines. It will become a seminal read in the relational discourse." - Professor Christopher Muran, Associate Dean, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, New York, USA, Director, Psychotherapy Research Program, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Research and President-Elect for the Society for Psychotherapy Research

This book brings together recent research developments in relating theory. It is divided into four parts, which introduce the reader to relating theory, how it has developed and how it can be applied to clinical and forensic psychology. Topics include how couples relate to one another, how young people relate to their parents, how assessments of relating can be used in therapy, how specific negative relating styles relate to offending behaviour, risk taking and alcohol use, psychopathic and sadistic tendencies, and how the interpersonal relating of offenders can change during treatment in prison. The book covers international research involving both quantitative and qualitative methods, and will be of interest to clinicians, academics and both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of psychology, clinical psychology, forensic/criminal psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, counselling, art-therapy, and mental health.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John Birtchnell
    • 1
  • Michelle Newberry
    • 2
  • Argyroula Kalaitzaki
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of Kings College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.TEI of CreteHeraklionGreece

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