SOC-220 DQ’s Wk1DQ1: What is a social problem? Explain why it is important to keep the social context of the social problem in mind when analyzing the problem for a cause or correlation. Explain how research is used to describe the social context of a social problem. In order to identify a social problem, one must make the distinction between a problem that affects an individual from a problem that affects society. Though a social problem can translate to a personal problem not all personal problems translate to societal problems. A social problem is an issue that impacts the masses, or a large group and becomes a matter of public debate [Sul16] . It is important to keep the social context in mind when investigating any social problem because the context is how to differentiate between a personal or social problem. Though an individual or a small group may find discontent with a certain issue it must be looked upon in the context of how it affects society as a whole and what if any there is a societal consensus on the matter. The scientific method is used to gather research concerning social problems, it is the process of gaining data through observation that allows for a wider view of what society or large groups within society think and feel concerning a given topic. The data obtained allows for the issue or topic at hand to be observed and measured and typically produces the evidence necessary to find the societal context. References Sullivan, T. J. (2016). Introduction to social problems (10th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
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