PATERNALISM

a policy or outlook wherein those having power over other people extend this power into areas generally left to personal choice or conscience, generally on the premise that this is required for the wellbeing or safeguarding of the people being regarded.

PATERNALISM: "The paternalism he showed over the group ended up hindering their individual willingness to take care of themselves."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PATERNALISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/paternalism/ (accessed December 4, 2020).
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