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characterized by avoidance or moving away from something.
avoidant disorder of childhood and adolescence former name for a disorder now included under the diagnosis of social phobia.
avoidant personality disorder a personality disorder marked by extreme shyness and sensitivity to rejection. Because of this sensitivity, the person becomes socially withdrawn and forms relationships only with those willing to give uncritical acceptance. The self-esteem of such a person is naturally low. Fear of embarrassment prevents the patient from undertaking risks or new activities. In spite of the social withdrawal, the avoidant personality has a great desire for affection and companionship.
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Tending to avoid or shun something, especially as a means of coping with anxiety or stress: risk-avoidant behavior; therapies aimed at socially avoidant children.
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Coping styles have been classified into different categories, such as maladaptive and adaptive coping (Sirois & Kitner, 2015), approach-based and avoidance-based coping (Roth & Cohen, 1986), and vigilant and avoidant coping (Burns et al., 2000).
Of the two insecure attachment styles, Avoidant attachment has been linked to negative factors, such as "rejection, unresponsiveness, and hostility on the part of early caregivers" (Cole & Leets, 1999, p.
Screening soldiers with avoidant coping strategies or poor resilience for ADHD might be of great benefit and will help them adapt and increase their quality of life.
By contrast, shyness and avoidance were shown to correlate negatively with creativity, meaning that the more shy or avoidant one is, the less likely they are to be creative.
However, the students who used avoidant strategies like self-blame, venting, behavioural disengagement and substance use reported higher level of dis-satisfaction.15 Avoidant coping is another psychological risk factor for unfavourable responses to stressful life events and is observed more in males than females.
Harris, who has worked as a researcher and clinician with children with food refusal behaviors, and Shea, who has worked as a clinician with children with autism and food refusal behaviors, discuss food refusal and avoidant eating in children, including those with autism.
The problem is that in the long run, avoidant coping strategies tend to make our problems worse.
No consistent results have been reported in terms of an avoidant conflict-management culture.
This scale, which is one of the most widely used measures of attachment (Ravitz, Maunder, Hunter, Sthankiya, & Lancee, 2010), provides measures for avoidant attachment and anxious attachment.
Conversely, adults with high avoidant attachment have been found to be more likely to engage in casual sex outside of committed relationships compared to individuals with lower avoidance (Simpson & Gangestad, 1991).
"I suffered with depression, avoidant personality disorder, general anxiety and later anorexia nervosa starting when I was dancing but lasting years after I quit.