a pattern sees in people who have been institutionalised by mental illness or in prisons. They can withdraw, show apathy, be submissive and show social and vocational incompetence. Also called chronicity; institutionalism; institutional neurosis; social disability syndrome.
SOCIAL BREAKDOWN SYNDROME: "Joe exhibited social breakdown syndrome when released from prison after 10 years."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "SOCIAL BREAKDOWN SYNDROME," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/social-breakdown-syndrome/ (accessed March 23, 2023).