Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
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Elementary Pragmatic Model

  • Piero De GiacomoEmail author
  • Jessica L. Chou
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_809

Name of Model

Elementary pragmatic model


The elementary pragmatic model (EPM) was developed in the 1960s in order to expand on family systems theory and further explore interpersonal relationships. The theory focuses on a “pragmatic” approach by examining communication of behaviors between two individuals and an “elementary” approach for classifying communicative interactions (De Giacomo 1992; De Giacomo et al. 2013).

Prominent Associated Figures

The theory defined as EPM was born in Bari, Italy, from the meeting of Piero De Giacomo, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Bari, and Alberto Silvestri, Professor of Numerical Calculations and President of Economy Faculty at Trento University. This meeting was a result of De Giacomo’s interest in general systems theory, which at the time was an emerging theory. De Giacomo sought to meet an expert in mathematics, physics, and computer science and explore the possibilty of the integration of these fields with general systems...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Bari Aldo MoroBariItaly
  2. 2.Queen of Peace CenterSt. LouisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HarfordUSA