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Socioeconomic Stratification in Family Research

Thomas Ewin Smith and Patricia B. Graham
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 57, No. 4 (Nov., 1995), pp. 930-940
DOI: 10.2307/353413
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353413
Page Count: 11
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Socioeconomic Stratification in Family Research
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Abstract

Unresolved issues in stratification theory and measurement are pointed out and implications for family research are discussed. Sources of useful measures are suggested. In addition, the results of a survey of the use of socioeconomic stratification concepts in family research articles published from 1991 through 1993 in six major journals are presented. The results indicate that family researchers make extensive use of various socioeconomic variables. Two imperatives are emphasized, namely the need to place socioeconomic concepts in theoretical context and the need to learn more about the relative powers of various socioeconomic measures to account for important family variables and relationships among variables.

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