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maladjustment

Psychol a failure to meet the demands of society, such as coping with problems and social relationships: usually reflected in emotional instability

maladjustment

[¦mal·ə′jəs·mənt]
(psychology)
Failure to conform or inadequate conformity due to the inability or a lack of motivation to change one's feelings or attitudes to adjust to the demands of the environment.
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There remains to be considered one other symptom of what we regard as personality maladjustment.
Generally speaking, individuals who score high on both bullying and victimization show significant psychological maladjustment and often have the poorest outcomes when compared with nonvictimized bullies, nonaggressive victims, and noninvolved peers (Haynie et al.
Lee Steiner, for example, strongly urged NIMH to focus on "psychiatric disorders" rather than problems such as "unhappiness over maladjustments in work, the problems of love and courtship .
A growing parent education movement and the development of new theories regarding child development, often focusing on the relationship between the social and political turmoil of the day and emotional maladjustments, further identified teens as a separate age group in need of expert care.
Attempts at central direction inevitably, then, beget all manner of maladjustments and tensions.
A) The EFF is an IMF financing facility that supports medium-term programs that seek to overcome structural balance of payments maladjustments.
Even modest portraits of marital maladjustments reflect the absurdity of modern life.
Of course, Keynesian theory should not, in this context, be interpreted narrowly as dealing with short-run maladjustments that can be corrected by combinations of fiscal and monetary policy, but should be an open Keynesian system generalised by Harrod-Domar growth, by Leontief's treatment of technology at the inter-industrial level, and by a total marriage of the supply and demand sides of the economy.