Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Social Adaptive Problems

  • Michael J. BernsteinEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1577-1



Social adaptive problems refer to a class of adaptive problems for which both the problem and the solution to the problems are largely social.


Ancestral humans faced problems in their environment and with other humans that needed to be overcome. Adaptive problems refer to this class of tasks (e.g., finding food, finding shelter). Social adaptive problems refer to a specific class of problems where both the problem and the solution to the problem are social.

Social Adaptive Problems

The term “adaptive problems” is a global classification referring to the tasks and challenges faced by an organism of a given species. These can include tasks such as finding food and shelter, protection from other organisms, as well as finding mates and successfully reproducing offspring whom themselves are likely to reach their reproductive potential (Barkow et al. 1995; Buss 1995). “Social adaptive problems” refer to a class of adaptive problems for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological and Social SciencesPenn State University AbingtonAbingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jon Sefcek
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  1. 1.Kent State UniversityKentUSA