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Social Class and Sexual Orientation

Both social class and sexual orientation represent demographic information about individuals as well as specific aspects of identity that have been linked to health and mental health. Yet the field of psychology has been late in studying these variables, relative to other fields such as sociology and public health. This entry explores the individual and combined roles of social class and sexual orientation, their impact on the lives and health of individuals, and the implications for the field of psychology.

Social Class and Sexual Orientation in Psychology

Social class is conceptualized as one’s relative standing or position in an economic and sociocultural hierarchy. Typically, social class is understood by considering the tangible aspects of socioeconomic status (SES), which are objective indicators of level of education, income, and ...

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