Intimate Relationships and How to Improve Them: Integrating Theoretical Models with Preventive and Psychotherapeutic Applications (Developments in Clinical Psychology Series)

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This volume intergrates one contextual, developmental, and relational theory of personality socialization in the family and other settings with a complementary model of relational styles. Both the theory and the model share complementary characteristics of replicable operations in laboratory evaluation and in preventative and psychotherapeutic interventions in problems with intimate relationships. Further, both the theory and the model are linked to two major models of personality and intimate relationships, the ...

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Overview

This volume intergrates one contextual, developmental, and relational theory of personality socialization in the family and other settings with a complementary model of relational styles. Both the theory and the model share complementary characteristics of replicable operations in laboratory evaluation and in preventative and psychotherapeutic interventions in problems with intimate relationships. Further, both the theory and the model are linked to two major models of personality and intimate relationships, the circumplex and attachment, respectively. The theory's 15 models are derived from a variety of social psychological sources, including the social comparison model and resource exchange theory in social psychology. The complementary model, Elementary Pragmatic, owes its origins to communication and systems theories, going beyond them in specificity and applications.

Scholars and researchers looking for novel and original ideas demonstrating how to link theory with practice and evaluation with interventions will find this volume of interest.

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LUCIANO L'ABATE is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgia State University.

PIERO DE GIACOMO is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Institute of Psychiatry at the Medical School of Bari University, Italy.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Integrating Different Theoretical Models
I Two Taxonomies of Relational Styles 1
1 Theories and Models of Intimate Relationships 3
2 A Development Theory of Relational Competence 21
3 Evaluating the Theory 77
4 A Model of Relational Styles 105
5 Evaluating the Model 147
6 Integrating the Theory with the Model 175
II Applications of the Theory and the Model to Intimate Relationships 189
7 Theory-Derived Preventive Interventions for Non-clinical Relationships 191
8 Theory-Derived Interventions for Clinical Relationships 231
9 Model-Derived Preventive Interventions for Non-clinical Relationships 253
10 Model-Derived Interventions for Clinical Relationships 277
11 Practical Integration: Using Computers and Internet Technologies for Clinical and Non-clinical Relationships 363
III Conclusion 367
12 Integration of the Theory and the Model with Other Models 369
App. A Evaluation of Concerns 385
App. B What Applies to Me That I Agree With? 387
App. C The Self-View Questionnaire 395
App. D Additional References about the EPM 397
References 399
Author Index 423
Subject Index 429
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