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maladjustment

[mal-uh-juhst-muh nt] /ˌmæl əˈdʒʌst mənt/
noun
1.
bad or unsatisfactory adjustment.
Origin of maladjustment
1825-1835
1825-35; mal- + adjustment
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maladjustment

/ˌmæləˈdʒʌstmənt/
noun
1.
(psychol) a failure to meet the demands of society, such as coping with problems and social relationships: usually reflected in emotional instability
2.
faulty or bad adjustment
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Word Origin and History for maladjustment
n.

1823, from mal- + adjustment.

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maladjustment in Medicine

maladjustment mal·ad·just·ment (māl'ə-jŭst'mənt)
n.

  1. Faulty or inadequate adjustment.

  2. Inability to adjust to the demands of interpersonal relationships and the stresses of daily living.

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maladjustment in Culture

maladjustment definition


Inability to react successfully and satisfactorily to the demands of one's environment. Though the term applies to a wide range of biological and social conditions, it often implies an individual's failure to meet social or cultural expectations. In psychology, the term generally refers to unsatisfactory behavior patterns that cause anxiety and require psychotherapy.

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