Socioeconomic Status (SES) and Psychology
Socioeconomic status is the social standing or class of an individual or group. It is often measured as a combination of education, income and occupation. APA advocates for policies that help low-income individuals and groups gain access to needed services in order to support their mental and physical health.
SES policy issues include:
The Psychology of Scarcity
Poverty Harms Mental and Physical Health
Public Policies Can Mitigate the Effects of Scarcity and Poverty
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Recent APA Advocacy Related to SES
Taking time off from work to care for family members can push lower-income Americans into poverty. Poverty, in turn, is associated with stress, depression and other harm to mental health....The health of our nation begins with the health of our families.”
About APA Advocacy
APA represents the largest and most visible national presence advocating for psychology at the federal level. There are three APA government relations offices and two APA-affiliated organizations that engage in government relations activities.