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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.


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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The term 'heterodox' first appeared in the 1930s discourse of American institutionalist economics to denote economic analyses that 'dissented' from neoclassical economics although it was unclear if the dissent was 'within' or 'from' the orthodoxy (Lee 2009).
Liberal institutionalists are confident the existing order can accommodate rising powers without recourse to violence.
Giddings in sociology; Beard and Robinson in history; and of course John Dewey in philosophyall of these figures had institutionalist leanings that compelled them to replace the dry and arid formalistic ideas and theories of an earlier generation of amateur academics with inductive, empirical knowledge about the realities of lived social experience.
There are few signs of researchers adopting a new paradigm of law based on pluralist and socially institutionalist regulation.
At its best, the new institutionalist scholarship preserves a small number of economic assumptions (such as those of uncertainty, scarcity of resources, and goal-directed behavior) and attempts to show the effects of those assumptions on observed behavior, filtered through the context of specific economic, political, and social institutions.
He acknowledges the plausibility of current institutionalist views that reserve such status to productions judged to warrant inclusion in the prevailing artworld, but defends his own alternative which finds the identifying property in the actual intentions of the maker of the artifact.
Institutionalist gender research in political science still enlarges this perspective, pointing to the societal context in which policy regimes are embedded (for an overview see Betzelt 2007).
62) Howard Gillman, The Constitution Besieged: The Rise and Demise of Lochner Era Police Powers Jurisprudence (1993) and The Supreme Court in American Politics: New Institutionalist Interpretations (Howard Gillman & Cornell Clayton, eds.
Yonay, The Struggle Over the Soul of Economics: Institutionalist and Neoclassical Economists in America between the Wars (Princeton, N.
Institutionalist theorising focus on the nature of electoral politics that reinforces and reorganises the divide.
In this paper, an institutionalist approach is put forward to account for the success of the Delors Report in terms of facilitating the realisation of the EMU.
Many of these same insights had to be rediscovered and reintroduced into the economic discourse in the post-WWII era by the Chicago School, the UCLA property rights school, the Virginia School of Political Economy, the New Institutionalist School, and the modern Austrian school of economics.