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Maladaptive

Unsuitable or counterproductive; for example, maladaptive behavior is behavior that is inappropriate to a given situation.
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In some instances, however, complex systems become maladapted, or get stuck in ways that prevent the kind of essential, bottom-up cascade of iterative adaptation and flexible change.
While DND is no doubt skilled in waging war, it has proven itself completely maladapted to the task of operating an after-school program for children.
"Any species that would become dependant on a single food source just because it is temporarily abundant, as is suggested to happen to feeder birds, would be maladapted to life in unpredictable environments and would probably become extinct in those locations,'' she said.
has found that patients maladapted to work have higher levels of depression, anxiety and lowered work ability compared to the well-adapted group after myocardial infarction [12].
Vigil (1988) proposed the "multiple marginality" thesis according to which some groups of immigrant youth at-risk for social exclusion (poor, maladapted at school, insufficient parental support, and racism in their communities) tend to unite or form gangs.
All of these factors can contribute to a maladapted and weakened spine, and therefore more prone to injuries (Leboeuf-Yde, 2004).
That's a critical step in getting their maladapted ego out of the way so they can learn to engage life on its own terms and thereby become functional.
Student was observed as being rewarded for his maladapted behaviors and often received peer attention for his disruptive behavior.
Zhang and colleagues used microarray technology to compare the gene expression profile of stressed maladapted rats (PTSD) and stressed well adapted rats in the areas of the brain associated with PTSD, the hippocampus, and the amygdala [2].
Operating in an increasingly interactive and dynamic global environment demands quick decisionmaking and agile command and control systems that enable "resources to be allocated, shifted, and deconflicted fluidly among combatant commanders as strategic priorities evolve." (1) Maladapted organizational structures and systems are not flexible enough, nor can they change fast enough to respond effectively in uncertain and dynamic conditions.
It helped criminologists like Cesare Lombroso build theories labeling criminals as throwbacks, atavistic types of less civilized humanity, maladapted for their conditions.