Rita D'Amico

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  • guilt in couples and friendships, family violence, women's horizontal segregation in academia, racisma and migrant women, stigma and epilepsy;
Short profile: 


Rita D’Amico is a social and clinical psychologist, with a qualification in psychotherapy. She worked for years to develop a theoretical and methodological approach that builds a bridge between social and clinical psychology. Within this perspective, she has carried out many research projects investigating, among others, the following topics: the origin of guilt in couple relationships, in friendships and in siblings; the complex connection between love, power and dependency in the context of marriage; issue of family violence and stalking; racism and discrimination perceived by migrant women in the region of Abruzzo; the evolutionary origin of stigmatization and the function of social exclusion of people with epilepsy; the conditions influencing women’s and men’s academic career advancement (in collaboration with Prof. S. S. Canetto (Colorado State University, USA), attitudes of young people towards love over the internet (cross-cultural study); psychological issues within the relationship between brothers and sisters. Member of the IARR (International Association for Relationship Research) since 1990, she has coordinated the Group for the Study of Interpersonal Relationships at the ISTC – CNR for several years. Moreover, she has a decade of experience teaching social psychology at three different Italian Universities; in addition, she has trained teachers, psychologists and social workers on the main theories and interventions with abused children, people with epilepsy, dementia, distressed couples, . From 1997 to 1999 she was a member of the Working Group "Culture of diversity and women's studies in Italian universities", coordinated by the Minister for Equal Opportunities, Prof. L. Balbo. She published books with national publisher both as single author and in collaboration, chapters in international and national books and articles in national and international journals. 



Journal articles

D'Amico R., Vermigli P., Canetto S. S. Publication Productivity and Career Advancement by Female and Male Psychology Faculty: The Case of Italy. In: Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, vol. 4 (3) pp. 175 - 184. National Association of Diversity Officers In Higher Education, 2011.  image   image

D'amico R., Canetto S. S. Similarities and differences in Women's and Men's Publications and Citation Record among Academic Psychologists. In: Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, vol. 16 pp. 343 - 361. 2010.

D'amico R. Evoluzione familiare e rischio di divorzio. Alcune considerazioni critiche. In: Nuove Prospettive in Psicologia, vol. 1 pp. 10 - 17. 2007.

D'amico R. Il senso di colpa dell'amante. In: Famiglia Oggi, vol. 3 pp. 39 - 43. 2004.

D'amico R. Genere e pianeti: dalla differenza alla complessità . In: Prospettive in Psicologia, vol. 10 pp. 34 - 40. 2003.
D'amico R. Ripensando il Maschile e il Femminile: il mito della donna non aggressiva. In: Impronte, vol. 4 pp. 15 - 25. 2003.

D'amico R. Chi ha paura della ricerca delle donne?. In: ricerca e futuro, vol. 23 p. 39. 2002.
Picardi A., Vermigli P., Toni A., D'amico R. Adattamento e validazione della Scala Attachment in Close Relationships. In: Rivista Italiana di Psichiatria, vol. 3 pp. 47 - 62. 2002.
Picardi A., Vermigli P., Toni A., D'amico R., Bitetti D., Pasquini P. Il questionario. In: Italian Journal of Psychopathology, vol. 8 pp. 282 - 294. 2002.
Picardi A., Vermigli P., Toni A., D'amico R., Bitetti D., Pasquini P. Il questionario "Experiences in Close Relationships" (ECR) per la valutazione dell'attaccamento negli adulti: ampliamento delle evidenze di validità  per la versione italiana. In: italian journal of psychopathology, vol. 8 p. 282. 2002.


D'amico R., Cipulli M., Giancristofaro L. Vivere con l'epilessia. Aspetti clinici, psicologici e culturali. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2010.

D'amico R. La violenza in famiglia. Origini e strategie di intervento. CISU, 2008.

D'amico R. Le relazioni di coppia. Potere Dipendenza Autonomia. Bari: Laterza, 2006.

D'amico R. Guilt in Couples Relationships: A gender analysis. Berlin: Pabst Science Publisher, 2002.
D'amico R. Vittime e guerrieri: comportamenti aggressivi in una prospettiva di genere. Lecce: Piero Manni, 2002.
Gelli B., D'amico R., Mannarini T. Monografia. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2002.

Contribution to Book/Monograph

D'Amico R. Relazioni sociali e acculturazione. In: Migrare al femminile in una provincia del Centro-Sud. Aree critiche, traiettorie lavorative e strategie di inserimento. pp. 184 - 208. E. Spedicato Iengo. Milano: F. Angeli, 2011.  image

D'amico R., Vermigli P., Canetto S. Women as psychology academics: The case of Italy. Atene: ATINER, 2007.

D'amico R., Vermigli P., Toni A. Il senso di colpa nelle relazioni di coppia: alcune differenze individuali. Bari: CLEUP, 2002.


Cortellessa G., D'Amico R., Pagani M., Tiberio L., De Benedictis R., Bernardi G., Cesta A. Modeling Users of Crisis Training Environments by Integrating Psychological and Physiological Data. In: IEA/AIE 2011 - Modern Approaches in Applied Intelligence. 24th International Conference on Industrial, Engineering and Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems. Proceedings, pt. II (Syracuse, USA, 28 June - 1 July 2011). Proceedings, pp. 79 - 88. K. G. Mehrotra, C. K. Mohan, J. C. Oh, P. K. Varshney, M. Ali (eds.). (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, vol. 6704). Springer, 2011.  image   image   image

D'amico R. Guilt in Friendship. In: The International Association for Relationship Research Conference 2010 (Herzliya, Israele, ). Proceedings, 2010.

D'amico R., Canetto S., Vermigli P. Horizontal femal segregation in Accademia: Does the Publication Record matter?. In: 116th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) (Boston, ). Proceedings, 2008.


Cipulli M., D'amico R. Modificazioni psicologiche in famiglie di bambini affetti da epilessia. In: 33° Congresso Nazionale LICE (Mantova, 2010).

D'amico R. Judging Dependency in Close Relationships. In: New Directions in Research on Close Relationships (Lowrece, KS, USA, 2009).

D'amico R., Vermigli P., Canetto S. Horizontal Female Segregation in Academia: Does the Publication Record Matter?. In: 118° Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) (Boston, MA, USA, 2008).
D'amico R. Romantic Relationships on the internet: Cultural background and personality influences on users' attitudes. In: The International Association of Relationships Research Conference (Providence, Rhode Island (USA), Abstract, 2008.

D'amico R., Canetto S., Vermigli P. Women as Psychologist Scientists. In: International Conference on Psychology (Athen, Abstract, 2007.

Canetto S. S., D'amico R. Feminist research and practice: the case of Italy. In: 111th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) (Toronto, Canada, 2003).
D'amico R. La centralità  della relazione nella comunità  per minori. In: La Comunità  per minori. Disagio, prospettive e strategie d'intervento (Chieti, 2003).