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A-B DESIGN

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a setup for experiments requiring the measurement of the dependent variable prior to onset of the experiment and again after it.

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ABILITY LEVEL

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the recorded level of accomplishment an individual reaches

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ABNORMAL

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adjective. 1. all things atypical, unordinary, or considered outside of the norm. 2. in regards to statistics, any data studied that is beyond or beneath the scope of what is normal or predicted.

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ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR

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behavior that is unlike the majority of a healthy human population- behaviors which could pose a threat to one's livelihood or well-being. Frequently, abnormal behavior is viewed as being symptomatic of underlying problems ranging from emotional traumas to mental illness.

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ABNORMALITY

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1. in a position that is not normal. 2. disfigurement or imperfections in building or operations.

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ABSTRACTION

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noun. 1. the development of thoughts or notions deriving from specific events. 2. ideas that cannot be discerned from a physical presence or physically touched. 3. in regards to conditioning, exemplifying something due to one facet of it's being- adjective form- abstract

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ABUSE POTENTIAL

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the ability a drug retains to keep someone dependent on it. Such ability is often directly correlated with how the drug is given and how quickly it enter one's bloodstream and nervous system in order to produce a high sensation. Thus, drugs that enter the system more quickly through expedited methods such as an IV will be more likely to be habit-forming than those at a slower rate, such as oral ingestion.

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ACCEPTANCE

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noun. 1. an agreeable demeanor toward a concept, position, individual, or group. In regards to therapy, a welcoming and open-minded demeanor possessed by therapy professionals that puts patients at ease. 2. In regards to addicts and dependents recovering from alcohol and drug abuse problems, acceptance is the initial phase an individual needs to get to and go through in order for therapies to begin and be successful.

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ACCESSIBILITY

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noun. Open, receptive, approachable

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ACCESSIBILITY OF AN ATTITUDE

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the probability of a specific attitude being evoked from recollection upon confronting the attitude object.

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