Background for a Hierarchical Theoretical Framework

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


The purpose of this chapter is to introduce relational competence theory (RCT) by defining these three terms with regard to their conceptual, research, and practical applications and implications, and to present the structure and rationale for its hierarchical, pyramidal structure. This introduction updates and expands on previous publications that will not be referred to again in this volume unless necessary (L’Abate, 1976, 1986, 1994a, 1994b, 1997a, 1997b, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008c, 2009a, 2009c; L’Abate & Cusinato, 2007; L’Abate & De Giacomo, 2003).


Family Therapy Intimate Relationship Hierarchical Framework Interpersonal Competence Threatening Interpretation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luciano L’Abate
    • 1
  • Mario Cusinato
    • 2
  • Eleonora Maino
    • 3
  • Walter Colesso
    • 2
  • Claudia Scilletta
    • 4
  1. 1.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.University of PaduaPaduaItaly
  3. 3.Scientific Institute Eugenio MedeaBosisio PariniItaly
  4. 4.MilanoItaly

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