downward mobility

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A sociological term for progression from a higher to an inferior position in the socioeconomic scale, e.g., from an original professional or managerial status to an unskilled working class status. Downward mobility is associated with chronic mental and personality disorders, alcoholism, and substance abuse. It also commonly happens to displaced persons and refugees who become immigrants to countries where their qualifications are not recognized. Downward mobility characteristically is associated with poor health outcomes.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine — Public Health and Epidemiology.

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