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The positive psychology of relational depth and its association with unconditional positive self-regard and authenticity

Kim, Jiyea; Price, Sue; Joseph, Stephen


Jiyea Kim

Assistant Professor in Counselling


© 2020 World Association for Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling. Relational depth (RD) refers to moments in a therapeutic relationship in which a person has feelings of aliveness, satisfaction and immersion. However, no research has yet tested for the association between RD and concepts closely aligned with Carl Rogers’ hypothesis of how people change in a growth-promoting relationship. In this study, 55 therapy clients completed the relational depth inventory (RDI), the unconditional positive self-regard scale (UPSR) and the authenticity scale (AS). It was found that higher scores on the RDI were associated with higher scores on the UPSR and the AS. These results provide initial evidence for the growth-promoting effects of RD. Further prospective research is now warranted.


Kim, J., Price, S., & Joseph, S. (2020). The positive psychology of relational depth and its association with unconditional positive self-regard and authenticity. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 19(1), 12-21.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 7, 2020
Publication Date Feb 7, 2020
Deposit Date May 13, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 8, 2021
Journal Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies
Print ISSN 1477-9757
Electronic ISSN 1752-9182
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 12-21
Keywords Developmental and Educational Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Psychiatry and Mental health
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Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope:; Received: 2018-09-23; Accepted: 2019-03-31; Published: 2020-02-07


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