Definition of Dysfunction
(noun) Any action or behavior that has negative consequences for a group or society; an effect of structures that fosters social instability
- American English – /dis-fUHngkshUHn/
- British English – /dis-fUHngkshUHn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /dɪsˈfʌŋkʃən/
- British English – /dɪsˈfʌŋkʃən/
- Plural: dysfunctions
- Variant spelling: disfunction
- Dysfunctions are a key aspect of functional analysis.
- Social structures have different consequences depending on what group is affected. A dysfunction for some people, is quite beneficial to others.
- Dysfunctions and functions along with latent functions and manifest functions were theorized by Robert Merton (1910–2003) in Social Theory and Social Structure (1949, revised in 1957 and 1968).
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