Systems Theory as Structural Science – Mediator between practice and research

Kriz, Jürgen; Tschacher, Wolfgang (2013). Systems Theory as Structural Science – Mediator between practice and research. Familiendynamik, 38(1), pp. 12-21. Klett-Cotta

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In the contest that exists between systems-theoretical approaches to clinical and psychotherapeutic work, both in research or practice, the synergetic approach is often referred to as »natural science«, not infrequently with a pejorative undertone suggesting that it is then less suitable for dealing with social and psychological issues. The authors demonstrate that synergetic systems theory needs to be understood as structural science. Although it can be applied to subjects located in the natural science sphere, it can equally well be brought to bear on processes where issues like meaning, significance, narration and interaction are the central concern. In the form of a dialogue, the two authors home in on aspects of synergetic systems theory that are particularly important to them and indicate which central issues can be dealt with or investigated in this way. Special emphasis is given to the specific perspective in which the term »structural science« takes on meaning and why such an approach is particularly effective in broaching issues posed both by research and by clinical practice.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Tschacher, Wolfgang


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Daniela Zurkinden

Date Deposited:

10 Apr 2014 08:32

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10 Apr 2014 08:32


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