Maladaptive vs Maladaptively - What's the difference?

maladaptive | maladaptively |

As an adjective maladaptive

is (psychology|chiefly|of behaviour) showing inadequate or faulty adaptation to a new situation.

As an adverb maladaptively is

in a maladaptive manner.




(en adjective)
  • (psychology, chiefly, of behaviour) Showing inadequate or faulty adaptation to a new situation.
  • * 1989 , Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Sex Differences in Unipolar Depression: Evidence and Theory'', Jill M. Hooley, John M. Neale, Gerald C. Davison (editors), ''Readings in Abnormal Psychology , page 234,
  • The learned helplessness explanation of sex differences in depression would be supported if it was shown that a greater degree of uncontrollability and a more maladaptive explanatory style in women account for any sex differences observed in depression in the sample.
  • * 2013 , Len Sperry, Behavioral Health: Integrating Individual and Family Interventions in the Treatment of Medical Conditions , page 21,
  • An individual's functioning can be conceptualized on a continuum, with one end being more adaptive and healthy and the other end being more maladaptive and less healthy.
  • * 2013 , Edith M. Freeman, Substance Abuse Intervention, Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Systems Change Strategies , page 44,
  • Some programmatic responses to power issues are more maladaptive for particular clients, such as women, because they affect their role expectations.


    * (showing inadquate adaptation) adaptive




    (en adverb)
  • In a maladaptive manner.