Human Adaptation and Its Failures

Human Adaptation and Its Failures

1st Edition - January 1, 1968

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  • Author: Leslie Phillips
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263496

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Human Adaptation and its Failures focuses on the nature of psychopathology and its relation to normal behavior. The book first offers information on key concepts, including environmental factors in adaptation, nonadaptive behavior patterns, and a critique of approaches to normal and psychiatrically impaired behaviors. The text then surveys the development from biological organism to adult social being; social competence and societal expectations; and measurement of social competence. Topics include early experience and psychological development, social status as a way of life, social, moral, and intellectual development, and sex differences in social competence. The manuscript takes a look at social competence, adaptive potential, and psychological development and adaptive potential and adaptive failure. The publication also examines the definition and measurement of adaptive failure, conceptual issues in adaptive failure, and pathological behavior style and life-style. The text is a dependable reference for readers wanting to study human adaptation and its failures.

Table of Contents

  • Contents



    1/Some Key Concepts

    Environmental Factors in Adaptation

    Nonadaptive Behavior Patterns

    A Critique of Current Approaches to Normal and Psychiatrically Inpaired Behaviors

    The Plan of This Book


    2/From Biological Organism to Adult Being

    Psychological Development

    Early Experience and Psychological Development

    Social Status as a Way of Life


    3/Social Competence and Societal Expectations

    Intellectual Development

    Social Development

    Moral Development

    Societal Expectations


    4/The Measurement of Social Competence

    The Current Scale of Social Competence

    Earlier Scales of Social Competence

    Reliability of Measurement

    Sex Differences in Social Competence

    Other Approaches to Competence


    5/Social Competence, Adaptive Potential, and Psychological Development

    Competence and Performance under Stress

    Competence and Psychological Development

    Performance under Stress and Psychological Development


    6/Adaptive Potential and Adaptive Failure

    Prevalence of Disorder

    Severity of Disorder

    Outcome of Disorder

    A Final Comment


    7/The Definition and Measurement of Adaptive Failure

    Major Forms of Pathology

    Problems in Classification

    Problems in Reliability


    8/Conceptual Issues in Adaptive Failure

    Attitudinal Set and Behavioral Style

    Symptom Patterns as Behavior Styles

    Behavior Style and Psychiatric Diagnosis


    9/Pathological Behavior Style, Psychological Development, and Outcome to Pathology

    Pathological Behavior Style and Psychological Development

    Behavior Style and Outcome in Disorder

    The Process-Reactive Distinction and Psychological Development


    10/Pathological Behavior Style and Life-Style

    Sphere Dominance and Life-Style

    Sex Identity and Life-Style



    11/Culture, Life-Style, and Pathology

    Psychological Development, Behavior Style, and Culture

    Crosscultural Differences in Pathology

    Culture Change and Pathology


    12/The Social Bases of Adaptation and Failure

    The Group

    Pressures for Conformity

    The Behavior Deviations

    Research on Isolation and Pathology

    Limitations of the Sociological Framework


    13/The Interactionist View on Adaptation and Failure

    Types of Environment

    Implications for Corrective Programs



    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1968
  • Published: January 1, 1968
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263496

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