Measuring Socioeconomic Status

5. How SES is Measured

Exercise 1

Figure 1 depicts a graph with socioeconomic status on the X-axis, and health on the Y-axis.  The graph is plotted from low socioeconomic status and poor health to high socioeconomic status and excellent health.  In this exercise, you will be asked to decide whether each of the examples improves socioeconomic status, health, or both.

Instructions:
Referring to Figure 1, decide whether each of the following examples attempts to improve the expected value of health by moving people up along the X-axis (SES), Y-axis (Medical) or a combination of both.

Options:
X-axis
Y-axis
Both

Examples:
A mentoring program for inner-city high school students

Improved antibiotics to prevent infection after surgeries

A scholarship program to increase opportunities for low income students to go to college

Ethnic diversity training for primary care physicians

Answers:
A mentoring program for inner-city high school students [X-axis]

Improved antibiotics to prevent infection after surgeries [Y-axis]

A scholarship program to increase opportunities for low income students to go to college [X-axis]

Ethnic diversity training for primary care physicians [Both]