This book proposes a developmental theory of interpersonal competence that cites the family as the setting within which functional and psychopathological personality patterns are formed and nutured. The model views functional personal development, dysfunctional modes of adjustment, and criminality as all linked and emerging from experiences in the family milieu. Preventative and therapeutic implications of this theory are also addressed.
LUCIANO L'ABATE, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgia State University. In addition to his academic career, Dr. L'Abate has maintained a private clinical practice in individual, marriage, and family therapy since 1958. On retiring from Georgia State, Dr. L'Abate was appointed Clinical Director of the International Counseling Center, a church-sponsored facility dedicated to helping minority ethnic groups in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. L'Abate is a member of numerous professional societies, most notably the American Family Therapy Association, the International Academy of Family Psychology--of which he was cofounder and first president--and the American Orthopsychiatric Association. A prolific writer and editor, Dr. L'Abate has written several other books including A Theory of Personality Development, Handbook of Developmental Family Psychology and Psycho-pathology, both available from Wiley, and Handbook of Social Skills Training and Research. MARGARET S. BAGGETT, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and their families. In addition to her private practice, she works as a school psychologist. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Georgia Psychological Association (in which she holds a board position), and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is also a charter member of the Georgia Play Therapy Association. Dr. Baggett has studied and published with Dr. L'Abate over the past twenty years.