Relational Competence Theory

Research and Mental Health Applications

  • Luciano L'Abate
  • Mario Cusinato
  • Eleonora Maino
  • Walter Colesso
  • Claudia Scilletta

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

  • Luciano L'Abate
    • 1
  • Mario Cusinato
    • 2
  • Eleonora Maino
    • 3
  • Walter Colesso
    • 4
  • Claudia Scilletta
    • 5
  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

Bibliographic information

  • 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
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-5664-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-5665-1
  • About this book