Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
William Ming Liu
Social class is implicated in almost every facet of the human experience, but for counselors and other mental health care providers, social class is difficult to understand. A lack of theoretical clarity between social class and socioeconomic status, not connecting classism as a function of social class, and psychologists' use of a sociological framework to understand a psychological experience has contributed to this problem. While sociologists typically study macrolevel experiences and tend to use income, education, and occupation to group individuals into discrete social class categories such as upper, middle, and lower class, psychologists are interested in the intrapsychic and interpersonal function and understanding of social ...