Presidential Address
SES and Place: Examining the Impacts of Financial Position on a Person's Place in the World

Kennedy, P. / Published 2020 / Presentation

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Presenter Patricia Kennedy, Psy.D.
Date October 2, 2020
Abstract: PathologicalstatesmayoccurinvariousSEScategories,thoughbeinginaparticularSESposition does not constitute a pathological state. A previously developed parametric description of SES will be discussed to provide clarity to a concept widely utilized in social science research. An assessment measure examining the specific impacts of a person’s SES position will be presented. Resiliency in response to disruptions in Basic Human needs may "protect" against pathology and may occur due to social practices, community involvement, and individual responses to such disruptions. Persons of color experience low SES positions more often than others and discriminatory practices in social interactions and institutional settings cause status loss. The intersection of race and socioeconomic position will be formulated using DP concepts and treatment considerations for working with individuals experiencing racial discrimination or negative impacts of their SES position will be discussed. In summary, this presentation will help participants understand the parametric analysis of SES, ways to apply this description to the everyday world of persons,facts about racism and SES,as well as potential impacts on treatment and the treatment relationship.
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