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Measuring Social Status With Occupational Information: A Simple Method SES

Stricker, Lawrence J.
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ETS Research Report
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Office of Naval Research, Measurement Techniques, Occupational Information, Psychological Studies, Social Status, Socioeconomic Status (SES)


A measure of social status was devised: a multiple-choice question that obtains occupational information and is scalable with both the Duncan Socioeconomic Index and the Siegel Orestige Scale. The correlations of this device with other measures of social status and with tests of general ability were assessed in a study of White and Black American Navy recruits. Correlations were similar to those obtained with a conventional measure that relies on judges scaling occupational information elicited by an open-ended question. This multiple-choice device may be a good prototype for a standardized measure of scoial status. (24pp.)

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