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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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Table-II: Split Half Reliability (n=500) and Group Wise Normal (n=350) Maladjusted, Neurotic and Psychotic (n=50) each for Modified Hand test.
Another respect in which the ideals of the maladjusted are high is that they are highly valued.
According to the adjustment criterion of mental health, people who deviate totally or partly from the established social norms, are not seen only as maladjusted, but as mentally ill (Guinsberg, 2001).
The client needed social skills training because she was highly maladjusted within her environment and needed to learn better skills to improve relation- ships with her family and, if possible, with her brother and his wife as well.
If circumstances prohibit them to hold the cultural values, they are called maladjusted. And if environmental factors such as education, health, other services and poor infrastructure stop someone's progress, it gives rise to certain social problems.
It's interesting, if a bit cynical, that the mouthpiece for destroying brand-name America isn't a righteous crusader, but a maladjusted freak.
Compared to the usual mug shot of maladjusted geeks who get pinched for treason, the Litvinenko affair was more James Bond, less Aldrich Ames.
What next, I wonder, in the constant chopping and changing that has given us generations of maladjusted children, given to violence, addiction, depression and self-harming, who spend miserable days in classrooms that resemble beer-gardens and homes characterised by constant change?
The honor among men, the pride of women, the traumata of maladjusted princes, the megalomania of dwarfs, and the inferiority complexes of dragons--so many feminist, psychoanalytical, and pedagogical approaches abound in Duve's novel that even the ladies of the harem know their women's rights and like to smoke funny cigarettes.
Truth is, maladjusted and selfish homosexuals who would betray their families never could have conquered the West, nor could they have formed the substance for the mythic Western characters Americans love to see depicted in films.
Perhaps we hear the word hikikomori less often because of the emergence of a system of "free schools" for maladjusted children.
He also analyzed 20 studies published between 1990 and 1999--all of which included comparison groups of promoted students--and found that "overall, retained students had lower academic outcomes and more maladjusted socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes, relative to the comparison group of promoted students."