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Socioeconomic Status

Money, status, and power are important factors in the lives of families, not only in how family members interact in society, but also within the family itself. The family therapist should be aware that income and socioeconomic status (SES) impact the lives of individuals and families and that beliefs about SES and income may underlie presenting concerns. Because of the complicated relationship between SES and family functioning, it is particularly important that family therapists be aware of the family’s SES.

SES refers to the social and economic status of individuals and families in regard to education, social position, experience, income, and occupation. It is a broad aspect of diversity that permeates the lived experiences of individuals and families in both visible and invisible ways. Society ...

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