Two different ways of conceptualizing and measuring socioeconomic inequality (SEI) are described and contrasted : the commonly used socioeconomic status (SES) measures and a neo-Marxist measure of social class.
It is argued that SES and social class stem from two different theoretical orientations towards socioeconomic inequality and that they focus on different aspects of inequality.
These differences have implications for the role of SEI in relation to psychopathology.
Using data from a large scale epidemiological survey that was conducted in Israel, it is shown that SES and social class measures are empirically distinct and that they explain different parts of the variance of psychopathology.
It is concluded that since social class is theoretically as well as empirically distinct from SES, it has potential for contributing to our understanding of psychopathological phenomenon.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Epidémiologie, Classe sociale, Statut socioéconomique, Inégalité, Méthode mesure, Israël, Asie, Homme, Santé mentale
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Epidemiology, Social class, Socioeconomic status, Inequality, Measurement method, Israel, Asia, Human, Mental health
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0393112
Code Inist : 002B18C14. Création : 12/09/1997.