socioeconomic status(redirected from social status)
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Etymology: L, socius, companion, oeconomicus, methodical, status, state
the position of an individual on a social-economic scale that measures such factors as education, income, type of occupation, place of residence, and, in some populations, heritage and religion.
socioeconomic statusThe standing of a person or group in a community or society based on education, occupation and income, which is often used as a benchmark for investigating health inequalities.
socioeconomic statusAbbreviation: SES
The relative position attained by an individual in a cultural and financial hierarchy. Differences in socioeconomic status are responsible for important disparities in the nutrition, housing, safety, and health of large groups of people. In general, the lower one's SES, the greater one's risk of malnutrition, heart disease, infectious diseases, and early mortality from all causes. Income, education, occupation, vocation, and wealth all contribute to SES.
See also: status