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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/pse

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The concept “socio-economic status of a family” (SES): A review of international research 1590

Shvedovskaya A.A., PhD in Psychology, Head of Informational-Analytical Department, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, anna.shvedovskaya@mgppu.ru
Zagvozdkina T.Yu., Ph.D. in Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, sazonovatanja@mail.ru
Abstract
The paper describes the main approaches to measuring socio-economic status, prevailing in the English-language sociological and psychological literature. We consider the concepts "well-being" and "quality of life" that are close to the socio-economic status, their psychological meaning and approaches to their operationalization. We provide a brief historical overview of trends in the organization of SES research in the field of developmental psychology and related problems. We analyze two research strategies: the use of a single index and of individual demographic and economic variables. We describe a model of family experiencing economic stress, which is widely used to study the life of modern families with children, whose living conditions declined during the economic recession. We report data on the impact of economic stress on the parent-child relationship, the self-image and academic performance in children and adolescents. The conclusion is the need to address the interdisciplinary nature of the SES as part of psychological research and at the same time to find the ways of switching from objective to subjective measurement of SES.

Keywords: socio-economic status, psychosocial well-being, quality of life, parent-child relationship, model of family experiencing economic stress.

Column: Family Psychology

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