Social problem as affliction and social problem as hazard represent two related but differing foci of sociological concern and intervention. Social problem as affliction refers to the personal problem which is largely social in nature. Intervention is concerned with helping the afflicted person with his or her problem. Social problem as hazard refers to the collective social problem posed by a social condition responsible for increased likelihood of personal problems and ills. Intervention is concerned with dealing with the collective problem.

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