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environmental constraint

any circumstance of a person’s situation or environment that discourages the development of skills, independence, social competence, or adaptive behavior or inhibits the display of skills previously acquired. For example, living in a community residence where staff prepare all the meals would act as an environmental constraint for someone who has learned how to make sandwiches, because it would provide no opportunity to display this ability.

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February 24th 2024



n. a form of biographical literature that offers a psychological profile or analysis of an individual’s personality in addition to the usual account of his or her life and experiences. —psychobiographical adj.