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hypothesis formation

Within the framework of systemic therapy, the formation of hypotheses is a necessary step in the preparation of therapeutic interventions. The formation, confirmation, and disconfirmation of hypotheses are methods of ordering, from a perspective of circular causality (circularity), all the information one has about a family.
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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)