Gruppo di Psicologia delle Relazioni Interpersonali

The main activities of the group are the development of a theoretical and methodological approach that builds a bridge between social and clinical psychology


  • dott.ssa Claudia Minenna
  • dott.ssa Mafalda Cipulli
Rita D'Amico.


The group studies three types of relationships:

  1. Family relations. Family violence, including incest, as well as rivalries, conflicts and violence between siblings. The experience of stigma from the perspective of families with a child suffering from epilepsy. The major aim of this research is to analyze stigma types and consequences, and to search for management strategies. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder, but in spite of the remarkable progress of scientific knowledge over the last few decades, society stigma and prejudice against those affected continues to persist. moreover, in the past years guilt in couple relations has been deeply investigated.
  2.  Frienship. Friends with benefits is the subject of a research investigating, among others, motivations to initiate this particular type of relation, patterns of interactions, unrequited love and health related problems. Furthermore, a different research was made that analyzed the origin and consequences of giult in friends.
  3.  Relationship between men and women. Relations between the sexes are analyzed facing the problem of gender inequality. In this perspective the following topics are investigated: factors influencing the underrepresentation of women in the higher faculty ranks and administrative positions in academia; the gendered dimensions of inheritance, namely the persistence of cultural practices that limit womens's rights to bequest.




Rita D'Amico


Contribution to Book/Monograph

Pagani C. Empathy, Complex Thinking and Their Interconnections. In: Exploring Empathy. Its Propagations, Perimeters and Potentialities. pp. 41 - 60. R. J. Nelems, L.J. Theo (eds.). Leiden: Brill, 2018.  image   image