holistic theory

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Noun1.holistic theory - the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and cannot be understood except in their relation to the whole; "holism holds that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts"; "holistic theory has been applied to ecology and language and mental states"
theory - a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"; "true in fact and theory"
organicism - theory that the total organization of an organism rather than the functioning of individual organs is the determinant of life processes
configurationism, Gestalt psychology - (psychology) a theory of psychology that emphasizes the importance of configurational properties
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The Success Paradox: Why We Need a Holistic Theory of Social Mobility
Yang (19) proposed a holistic theory of knowledge acquisition for adult learners that is multi-faceted.
From that assessment we formulated a Holistic Nursing Practice Council (HPC) with the express intent to identify strategies and tactics to integrate a holistic nursing model based on holistic theory and evidence based care.
It incorporates new and updated material on emerging practice areas in social work--the AIDS epidemic, homelessness, substance abuse/addictions, and sexual violence; social policies, including managed care and welfare reform; a more thorough integration of Shulman's holistic theory of practice; considerations when dealing with oppressed and vulnerable populations; and updated discussion of the historical roots, values and ethics of the profession.