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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)


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By summing each row of the matrix x, we obtain a column vector of deprivation counts (c), which contains q, the weighted sum of deprivations suffered by individual i.
Let us define d as the minimum number of deprivations an individual should suffer to be considered to be deprived.
It recognised that deprivation and other local factors can influence the quality and selection of services that local authorities provide and stated that it was "guided by the principle that councils should be assessed, not on the circumstances they find themselves in, but on the way that they respond to those circumstances" (Audit Commission, 2002a, p.
Even so, many local government stakeholders and respondents to the initial consultation paper argued that the CPA assessment framework should be adjusted for deprivation.
This requires a national and regional database of poverty maps or deprivation indices, which are not yet available in Pakistan.
This paper provides to the planners district-wise poverty or deprivation indices, based on the Population and Housing Census data of 1998.
Others followed Jahoda in making psychological, rather than material deprivation theoretically central (Warr, 1987).
In the absence of an understanding of how objective deprivation is related to perceptions of financial strain, it is impossible to be sure that the direction of causality, between the latter and mental health, is not the opposite to that hypothesized.
However, when considered macroscopically, all of these types of deprivations -- and, therefore, types of deprivation appraisals -- may be generally grouped into the following five categories:
A judge in these cases may force the defendant to comply with the contract rather than simply compensate the plaintiff, which would be the case in other deprivations.
As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) looms in 2015, this publication provides a timely reminder of the vast unfinished business in the region and the steps needed to end deprivation across the board.
Although the number of Portuguese living with material deprivation has fallen by 200,000, there are still 1.