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Measurement and Methodological Issues in Social Class Research: A Call for Theorization and Study

Michael Y. Lau, Rosa J. Cho, Jennifer Chang and Jill Huang

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398250
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398250.013.0004

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Measurement and Methodological Issues in Social Class Research: A Call for Theorization and Study

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Counseling and psychology researchers have been increasingly called to attend to social class and related constructs (e.g., classism) as important variables in research. This chapter discusses the importance of attending to and considering social class in all stages of the research process (e.g., documenting participant characteristics, and studying social class as a targeted variable). The chapter reviews social class measurement issues, and provides guidance on the strengths and limitations of selecting various operational definitions of social class and related constructs. Finally, more general issues of methodology and research design are discussed when incorporating these constructs into counseling research. The chapter concludes by calling for researchers to be more mindful about carefully measuring and incorporating social class into future research, and to conduct more research on and theorization of social class and related variables.

Keywords: social class; methodology; measurement; research; classism

Article.  15689 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Developmental Psychology

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