Characteristics of Social Problems

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What is a characteristic of social problems that means they differ according to different societies and times?


Which of the following is an example of a life problem?


What is a characteristic of social problems that means they are not created by an individual or a few individuals?


Which dimension does the social problem relate to, according to the text?

Historical, political, and cultural

What is a characteristic of social problems that means they are widespread and part of a group's history?


What is a possible consequence of unaddressed educational problems?

Increase in illiteracy rates

What is a characteristic of societal problems?

They have a direct impact on security and community stability

What is an example of an economic problem?

Low average per capita income

What is a consequence of unaddressed problems in society?

Spreading of epidemics and diseases

What is an example of a social problem?

Disintegration in social relations

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Characteristics of Social Problems

  • Social problems arouse interest and attention from a significant portion of society and its institutions.
  • Social problems are interconnected, and each problem has different dimensions that affect its manifestations, degree, and priority.
  • These dimensions include historical, spatial, legal, political, economic, social, cultural, and educational aspects.
  • Social problems are relative, meaning they differ across societies and times, and are influenced by individual conditions such as age, color, or race.
  • Social problems are automatic and systemic, not created by individuals, but rather by society as a whole.
  • Social problems impose themselves on individuals, who are often obligated to conform.
  • Social problems are widespread, historical phenomena that are characteristic of a particular moment in the history of a group of people.

Classification of Social Problems

  • Life Problems (Basic): affect the basic needs of society, such as housing, food, education, health, and social care.
    • If left unaddressed, life problems can lead to other issues like high crime rates, illiteracy, and the spread of diseases.
  • Economic Problems:
    • Characterized by low average per capita income, low productivity, weak economic institutions, and a focus on consumption over production.
    • Include weak savings and a lack of economic projects.
  • Social Problems:
    • Involve unsatisfied needs for large segments of the population.
    • Examples include family conflicts, divorce, drug addiction, and lack of leisure activities.
  • Societal Problems:
    • Relate to building and maintaining society, including organizations, institutions, and community policies.
    • Include problems of juvenile delinquency, unemployment, terrorism, and other issues that impact security and community stability.

This quiz covers the key characteristics of social problems, including how they attract societal attention, their interconnectedness, and the various dimensions that influence their manifestations and priority. Test your knowledge of social problems and their complexities.

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