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loss or absence of parts, organs, powers, or things that are needed.
emotional deprivation deprivation of adequate and appropriate interpersonal or environmental experience, usually in the early developmental years.
maternal deprivation the result of premature loss or absence of the mother or of lack of proper mothering; see also maternal deprivation syndrome.
sensory deprivation a condition in which an individual receives less than normal sensory input. It can be caused by physiological, motor, or environmental disruptions. Effects include boredom, irritability, difficulty in concentrating, confusion, and inaccurate perception of sensory stimuli. Auditory and visual hallucinations and disorientation in time and place indicate perceptual distortions due to sensory deprivation. Symptoms can be produced by solitary confinement, loss of sight or hearing, paralysis, and even by ordinary hospital bed rest.
sleep deprivation a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as prolonged periods of time without sleep (sustained, natural, periodic suspension of relative consciousness).
thought deprivation blocking (def. 2).


Absence, loss, or withholding of something needed.


/dep·ri·va·tion/ (dep-rĭ-va´shun) loss or absence of parts, powers, or things that are needed.
emotional deprivation  deprivation of adequate and appropriate interpersonal or environmental experience in the early development years.
sensory deprivation  deprivation of usual external stimuli and the opportunity for perception.


Etymology: L, deprivare, to deprive
the loss of something considered valuable or necessary by taking it away or denying access to it. In experimental psychology, animal or human subjects may be deprived of something desired or expected for study of their reactions.


The complete or nearly complete lack of direct access to adequate amenities, housing, employment opportunities etc. Levels of deprivation can be assessed with the standard Townsend measurement, which is based on car ownership, property ownership, unemployment and overcrowding.


Absence, loss, or withholding of something needed.


Failure to obtain or to be provided with a sufficiency of the material, intellectual or spiritual requirements for normal development and happiness.


A condition of having too little of something.
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loss or absence of parts, organs, powers or things that are needed.

deprivation test
see water deprivation test.

Patient discussion about deprivation

Q. what are the affects of sleep deprivation, and can I counteract them? I’m a college student and I’ve been sleeping for 5-6 hours a night for the past month…what symptoms should I expect? And how can I counteract them?

A. I studied this just 2 days ago:

Studies on sleep deprivation are actually beginning to show that people do not require as much sleep as traditionally taught. While sleep deficits effect first auditory acuity, and can even cause people to go into what are called microsleeps, researchers are finding that when people are being deprived of sleep they actually sleep more efficiently (spending more time in stages 3 and 4 of sleep) The problem is that people do not train themselves properly to shortened sleep periods, thus stuggle to adapt when they cannot receive the customary eight hours. Ideally, with adequate control and preperation, people can sleep for 4 hours a night and be fully cognatively functional.

(DaVinci purportedly survived on 15min cat naps taken every four hours his entire adult life, and he was certainly on his toes)

Just thought you'de find that interesting

See Pinel's chapter on Sleep in his text "Biopsychology" for more. (Pinel, 2009)


More discussions about deprivation
References in classic literature ?
Bob Sawyer said it wouldn't look professional; but to make amends for this deprivation there was so much talking and laughing that it might have been heard, and very likely was, at the end of the street.
Daniel Quilp pulled his hat over his brows, climbed on to the desk (which had a flat top) and stretching his short length upon it went to sleep with ease of an old pactitioner; intending, no doubt, to compensate himself for the deprivation of last night's rest, by a long and sound nap.
What this means is that, at least for the outcomes investigated in this study, minor deprivations in sleep do not appear to be all that harmful during adolescence," Meldrum said.
The Ending Asian Deprivations study, compiled with contributions from 23 Asian development experts, says the number of people being left behind despite the region s boom shows that past development efforts have not been sufficient to end poverty and deprivation.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira says the government is making efforts to remove deprivations of the people of South Punjab.
Not surprisingly, use of maternal care services was lowest by women who were deprived in all three dimensions and highest in women who had no deprivations.
QUETTA, October 24, 2009 (Balochistan Times): As if previous deprivation and injustices with Balochistan were not enough, judicial deprivation is the new addition to long standing stock of deprivations for geographically largest and richest province of the country, and that too under the democratic setup which is always upbeat about removing sense of deprivation from Balochistan
There are numerous types and circumstances of property deprivations.
Table 1 Variables Used to Represent Sectoral Deprivations Education Illiteracy Rate (10 Years and above)--Female Illiteracy Rate (10 Years and above)--Male Out of School Children (5-9 Years)--Female Out of School Children (5-9 Years)--Male Housing Quality and Congestion Percentage of Non-owner Households Percentage of Homeless Population Inadequate Material Used in Roof Inadequate Material Used in Wall Households with No Bathroom Facility Household with No Kitchen Facility Households with No Latrine Facility Housing Units with One Room Persons Per Room.
However, the court found that the alleged deprivations and violations, when taken together, constituted a violation of his Eighth Amendment rights, precluding summary judgment for the j ail officials.
These deprivations were also what allowed for differentiations to be made between work in the show, especially and curiously along the lines of gender: here, the work of the male artists remained more wedded to visual images than did that of the female artists.
Performance indicators that correlate with deprivations and will be adjusted Performance indicator Correlation ([R.