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dysfunction

Med any disturbance or abnormality in the function of an organ or part

dysfunction

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disfunction

any social activity seen as making a negative contribution to the maintenance or effective working of a functioning SOCIAL SYSTEM. See FUNCTIONALISM.

dysfunction

[‚dis′fəŋk·shən]
(medicine)
Impaired or abnormal functioning of a body part.
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Across the whole of England, 18% of children referred to social services were in need because they had dysfunctional families.
Finally, a number of studies have investigated the relationship between disability status and dysfunctional career thoughts with varying results (Dipeolu, Reardon, Sampson, & Burkhead, 2002; Strauser, Lustig, Keim, Ketz, & Malesky, 2002; Strauser, Lustig, & Uruk, 2004, 2006).
Upon completion of the acute phase of cognitive therapy, patients performed the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and the Dysfunctional Attitudes Scale (DAS) and then underwent a mood induction procedure.
Constipation, faecal impaction and disturbances of the bowel function are directly linked to dysfunctional voiding.
The addition of Terrell Owens joining the cast of Dysfunctional Friends was a major story line in the latest season of the hit series "The T.
This approach (as well as the other similar models cited above) provides a general multidimensional model of functional and dysfunctional aspects of perfectionism.
To begin understanding how teams become dysfunctional, it is relevant to create an extension to Tuckman's model.
examined the impact of a 3-credit-hour undergraduate career course on dysfunctional career thinking, as measured by the Career Thoughts Inventory (CTI; Sampson, Peterson, Lenz, Reardon, & Saunders, 1996a).
Dysfunctional labor markets, which uproot populations and dump them in alien lands and cultures, have been a boon for politicians on all sides during their acrimonious electoral debates.
THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT AND DYSFUNCTIONAL WITH INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS MORE LOYAL TO THEIR TRIBES THAN THE COUNTRY.
Written by Christel Fiore, a German child who lived through World War II prior to her marriage to a serviceman and immigration to America, Child of War is a firsthand accounting of memories--memories of chronic food shortages that nearly led to the author's starvation, memories of a stoically dysfunctional and patriarchal family that made decisions about her life without consulting her, memories of her own shortsightedness, illogic, and thoughtless cruelty, and memories of the sister whose struggle to survive was even more difficult.
Green has been given free reign to let loose even more with his trademark gospel whoops and hollers (and shows some impressive songwriting chops), while Danger Mouse's pastiche of drum hits, organs, strings and distorted guitar samples perfectly complement Green's vocal and lyrical gymnastics on dysfunctional relationships (the monster hit single "Crazy"), paranoia ("Monster In My Closet") and standard MC braggadocio ("Feng Shui").