BEHAVIORAL PATHOGEN

n. a behavior pattern or type of lifestyle which is detrimental to the health. This lifestyle is associated with a higher risk of physical illness, disability, and dysfunction. Thus, patients are advised against a poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle, unprotected sexual activity, and substance abuse. Compare behavioral immunogen.

BEHAVIORAL PATHOGEN: "No two ways about it but to say that a behavioral pathogen inevitably reduces a person's life expectancy."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BEHAVIORAL PATHOGEN," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/behavioral-pathogen/ (accessed December 2, 2019).
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