Socioeconomic status

Socioeconomic status

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.

Examinations of socioeconomic status often reveal inequities in access to resources, plus issues related to privilege, power and control.

Adapted from APA’s Socioeconomic Status Office publications

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  • Socioeconomic Status Office

    The Office on Socioeconomic Status is responsible for directing, overseeing, facilitating and promoting psychology’s contribution to the understanding of SES and the lives and well-being of the poor.