00052 Impaired social interaction

00052 Impaired social interaction

Definition of the NANDA label

State in which the individual participates in a social exchange in an insufficient or excessive way or of ineffective quality.

Insufficient or excessive quantity or ineffective quality of social exchange.

Defining characteristics

• Verbal references or observation of a feeling of discomfort in social situations.
• Verbal references or observation of inability to receive or satisfactorily express feelings of belonging, affection, interest or shared history.
• Observation of use of ineffective social interaction behaviors.
• Dysfunctional interaction with colleagues, family or friends.
• Family reports of a change in the style or pattern of social interaction.

Related factors

• Lack of knowledge or skills to facilitate social relationships.
• Communication problems.
• Self-concept disorder.
• Absence of significant people; Difficulty of access to family or loved ones.
• Limitations of physical mobility.
• Therapeutic isolation.
• Sociocultural differences.
• Environmental barriers.

At risk population

• Absence of significant other

Associated condition

• Therapeutic isolation


• Family environment: internal.
• Wellness.
• Emotional balance.
• Social interaction skills.
• Social involvement.
• Participation in leisure activities.
• Loneliness.
• Social support.


• Stimulation of family integrity.
• Increase coping.
• Enhancement of self-awareness.
• Control of mood.
• Behavior modification: social skills.
• Promotion of socialization.
• Entertainment therapy.

This diagnosis will retire from the NANDA-I Taxonomy in the 2021-2023 edition unless additional work is completed to bring it up to a level of evidence 2.1 or higher.