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pertaining to societies or other groups of people.
social anxiety disorder social phobia.
social breakdown syndrome deterioration of social and interpersonal skills, work habits, and behavior seen in chronically hospitalized psychiatric patients. Symptoms are due to the effects of long term hospitalization rather than the primary illness, and include excessive passivity, assumption of the chronic sick role, withdrawal, and apathy. Such effects are also seen in long term inmates of prisons or concentration camps. Called also institutionalism.
social worker a professional trained in the treatment of psychosocial problems of patients and their families. Family social workers practice social case work. Psychiatric social workers practice various forms of counseling and group or individual psychotherapy. Most social workers have a master's degree in social work (M.S.W.). There are also bachelor's (B.S.W.) and doctoral (D.S.W.) degrees in social work.
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Maladaptation pattern seen in the mentally ill and others confined to group homes that renders it problematic for them to function outside such a setting.
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Sociological Institutionalism (SI) is the first school addressed here because it offers the least with respect to explaining the resilience of the Indian Act.
The two broader theoretical schools in Political Science such as traditional/old institutionalisms and new institutionalism although diverge on a number of themes but converge on the centrality of institutions in any political analysis.
Sociological institutionalism like historical institutionalism became part of the discourse in the 1970s, but drew few theorists.
In the face of Canadians' apparent suspicion of anything to do with religious institutionalism, the real question for the church is not if it should be ordaining people who are not heterosexual, but whether it should be ordaining people at all.
This work is considered the "manifesto" of the approach you coined as Cognitive Institutionalism (CI).
The inclusion of more case studies with varying combinations of the three policy parameters would enhance the applicability of the refined theory of historical institutionalism.
When developed, democratic institutionalism is stable and progressive because it creates "countervailing power" by distributing power widely.
First Amendment institutionalism urges greater attention to the nature of institutions as producers of speech and domains for individual communication, reflection, and socialization (pp.
Institutionalism thus provides an explanation to the existing social order, while, in comparative perspective, it suggests that identifies cross-national differences are determined by the institutional context which shapes the rules along which relations are established and actors' expectations on the results (returns) of these interactions.

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