behavioral epidemic

be·hav·ior·al ep·i·dem·ic

an epidemic originating in behavioral patterns (in contrast to invading microorganisms); examples include medieval dancing mania, episodes of crowd panic.

be·hav·ior·al ep·i·dem·ic

(bē-hāv'yŏr-ăl ep'i-dem'ik)
An epidemic originating in behavioral patterns (as opposed to invading microorganisms); examples include medieval dancing mania and episodes of crowd panic.
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This video, addressed to the middle-schooler, provides a poignant testimony of the seriousness of this fast-spreading behavioral epidemic in our schools.
Garbarino and Bedard's laundry list of phony behavioral epidemics is even more cursory than Apter's: "The 1990s threatened the American Dream of Parenting as never before," they announce in typically grammatical unrestraint.
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