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network (family)

The linkage of effects in the dimensions of time and space can be conceptualized as a structure in the form of a network. The concept of a network of effects is applicable to events, sequences, and functions in various areas of reality. For example, the neuronal activity within the brain can be viewed as a network of effects, and can be analyzed by means of mathematical models (Kleene, 1956; McCulloch & Pitts, 1943). The social behavior of an individual in relation to his or her environment can also be viewed as a network of effects (structuralism).


Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)