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1. a dynamic, ongoing, life-sustaining process by which living organisms adjust to environmental changes.
2. adjustment of the pupil to light.
biological adaptation the adaptation of living things to environmental factors for the ultimate purpose of survival, reproduction, and an optimal level of functioning.
color adaptation
1. changes in visual perception of color with prolonged stimulation.
2. adjustment of vision to degree of brightness or color tone of illumination.
dark adaptation adaptation of the eye to vision in the dark or in reduced illumination.
light adaptation adaptation of the eye to vision in the sunlight or in bright illumination (photopia), with reduction in the concentration of the photosensitive pigments of the eye.
physiological adaptation the ongoing process by which internal body functions are regulated and adjusted to maintain homeostasis in the internal environment.
psychological adaptation the ongoing process, anchored in the emotions and intellect, by which humans sustain a balance in their mental and emotional states of being and in their interactions with their social and cultural environments.
social adaptation adjustment and adaptation of humans to other individuals and community groups working together for a common purpose.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

so·cial ad·ap·ta·tion

adjustment to living in accordance with interpersonal, social, and cultural norms.
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social adaptation

Psychiatry The ability to live and express oneself according to social restrictions and cultural demands
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Research Question 2: To what extent do the stages of social adaptation influence city newcomers' achievement of a meaningful quality of life, and how does their ongoing social adaptation underpin their personal well-being?
Creating a competence model for increasing the efficiency of the social adaptation of servicemen discharged from military service, the author provides an opportunity to people at high risk of social exclusion (such as servicemen discharged from military service) by improving their basic skills and thus using lifelong learning to build a path to a sustainable income and a meaningful life.
While focusing on the working adaptation was found out in all of these organisations, results were much worse regarding focusing on the social adaptation and adaptation to the organisational culture.
[Spanish validation of the Social Adaptation Self-Evaluation Scale in depressive patients] Actas Espanolas de Psiquiatria, 27, 71-78.
After finishing the training program, they are assigned the status of "operational staff" and they are expected to achieve a high degree of working and social adaptation as well as adaptation to corporate culture.
TABLE 3 Multiple Regression Analysis of Socio-demographic & Intercultural Contact Predictors on Social Adaptation Difficulty Scores R [R.sup.2] Beta t Socio-demographic predictors (Stepwise) 1.
The algorithms of sociological analysis of children and teenagers social adaptation conditions were elaborated at the department of social hygiene of N.I.
The influence of age, coping behavior, and self-care on a variety of outcome measures was investigated, including social adaptation measured by the Child and Adolescent Adjustment Profile (CAAP) (Ellsworth & Ellsworth, 1981) and the Self-Perception Profile for Children (SPPC) (Harter, 1985).
The social adaptation account is also known as the 'cultural identification thesis' (Westerfelt 1990; Piliavin, Wright, Mare & Westerfelt 1996) or the 'social acculturation account' (Wallace 1965) and it is grounded in the sociological view that social action cannot be adequately understood outside the context in which it occurs.
Other challenges set out were that: 1) member states should invest more in pre-primary education, as results from a number of states (including France, Italy and Hungary) show that this yields the highest returns in terms of the achievement and social adaptation of children, with the commissioner suggesting in some cases a return of 5 for every euro invested.
Their results indicated that advanced levels of ethnic identity development were a significant predictor of social adaptation and emotional adjustment for African American and White adolescents.
Such deficits are independent of positive and negative symptoms and more highly correlated with work capacity, social adaptation, and community residency than either.

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