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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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Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten van Zanden, in their book Nederland en Het Poldermodel, summarize and defend the leading institutionalist interpretation of Dutch economic history.
However, Mark Blach Orsten's chapter (11) uses the new institutionalist framework to highlight such variation of different news beats in great detail.
This mixture of in-depth and cross-country comparison bolsters the persuasiveness of their shared historical institutionalist conclusions.
While idealist approaches can be traced back to ancient philosophers and institutionalist approaches can be linked to the age of enlightenment where traditional feudal systems decayed and modern states began to develop, the technological innovation school has its roots inthe 20 th century.
She sets out the approach to the "ideal" alternatives within the institutionalist dynamics analysis and its reflections encompassing the conceptual framework for the integration of the new European Union member states arguing that "the current situation discusses the application of Europeanization process in governance applicable to the European Union integration framework of New Member States" (p.
Thus discursive institutionalism serves as a broad-based, umbrella term for the disparate institutionalist approaches.
Jodi Dean's concept of horizon is helpful in thinking about both the rhetoric of progressiveness and the institutionalist and nationalist pressures operating in the independence movement.
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).
Rather than abandoning institutionalist arguments about the difficulties of reform, however, recent theoretical work takes these rigidities as context: if reform is so difficult and always risky for political leaders why do they do it anyway?
The first is that Paul Horwitz's (1) excellent book, First Amendment Institutions, depicts the institutionalist movement in robust and provocative form.
The limitations of the dyadic approach are highlighted by the idea of regulation which is pluralistic and institutionalist; one which sees state-authored law as only one dimension of the web of norms which regulate social life, and which sees the effectiveness of law as contingent, dependent on becoming accepted and embedded in everyday life.
They provided much of the impetus involved in changing economics from its then dominant institutionalist character to the neoclassical character now considered mainstream.