Social problems are matters or situations that reduce quality of life in a society. These are problems that are specific to a place such as a nation, city or neighborhood. Social problems can relate to governments, social behavior, social structure, environmental and economic problems. The following are illustrative examples.
Access to Clean Water
Access to Education
Access to Healthcare
Child Neglect & Abuse
Cost of Education
Cost of Healthcare
Cost of Living
Declining Happiness / Life Satisfaction
Declining Standard of Living
Disasters & Emergencies
Freedom of Movement
Freedom of Speech
Government & Corporate Surveillance
High Incarceration Rates
Institutional / Structural Racism
Lack of Infrastructure
Lack of Social Safety Net
Land Degradation / Pollution
Negative Aspects of Social Media
Negative Aspects of Technological Change
Neighborhood Disputes / Incivility
Poor Working Conditions
Quality of Education
Quality of Public Services
Rights & Freedoms
Rights of Children
Unhealthy Products & Services
Unsafe Products & Services
War & Conflict
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Workplace Health & Safety
Youth Unemployment & Lack of Opportunity
Economic ProblemsEconomic problems and their impact on communities in areas such as poverty, debt, cost of living and unemployment.
Social ProblemsProblems that directly impact quality of life such as poverty, health, education and housing issues.
Social JusticeSocial injustices such as discrimination or unfair exclusion.
Environmental JusticeThe impact of environmental damage on communities.
Political ProblemsProblems related to political systems, processes and governments.
Social Issues vs Social ProblemsSocial issues include positive opportunities such as economic growth or education whereas social problems are completely negative. Due to its greater scope, social issues is a more common term.
SummarySocial problems include any problems or risks that reduce the quality of life of communities. This includes injustices such as discrimination, problems related to poverty and the impact of environmental degradation on communities.Next: Social Conditions
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