SOCIAL MALADJUSTMENT By Nugent, Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 1. The inability to develop a satisfying relationship. 2. A lack of social finesse and tact. 3. A breakdown in maintaining constructive social relationships. SOCIAL MALADJUSTMENT: "Joe showed social maladjustment when he couldn't maintain a social relationship." Related Psychology Terms NEGATIVE SYMPTOM LEADER-MEMBER EXCHANGE THEORY (LMX THEORY! AVOIDANT DISORDER MALADJUSTMENT AFFILIATION INTRANSITIVITY LOCURA SOCIAL INTERACTION ANIMAL PLAY SOCIAL ANOREXIA Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "SOCIAL MALADJUSTMENT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/social-maladjustment/ (accessed June 26, 2017).