In this text author William Ming Liu presents theory and research on the impact of classism and social class on mental health. He provides an original framework—the Social Class Worldview Model—for exploring each person’s individual and subjective life experiences. These experiences form a perspective that is unique to the individual. The author then helps the reader integrate this realization into the study of poverty, economic inequality, wealth, and the often overlooked implications of greed, materialism, and consumerism for a more complete understanding of social class and classism. Liu’s original Social Class Worldview Model–Revised provides a theoretical framework for integrating each individual’s reaction to social class and classism experiences and addressing that worldview within counseling and psychology work. Readers receive guidance in additional ways to act as advocates for their clients—regardless of affluence—through a study of privilege, social justice, empowerment, and competence.

The Impact of Social Class and Classism on Healthy Psychological Development

The impact of social class and classism on healthy psychological development

What was once important to me just didn't have the same meaning after I had my daughter. For instance, one thing that I used to pride myself on was having professional clothes and dressing the part of a young academic. I remember shopping for clothes seemed essential. Now my wife sometimes just says, “What happened to you?” as I wear the same shirt several days in a row. My wife doesn't appreciate my response, “My shirt is comfortable, and it still smells ok.” I can honestly say that those externalities and material items I used to appreciate have just lost much of its meaning. ...

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