Americans’ Well-Being: Differences Among Population Groups
Any study of the distributions of perspectives on well-being in American society should find out whether particular perspectives occur more often in one social group or social category than in another. This chapter reports such an analysis. When we think of social conditions we tend to think of the rich and the poor, the educated and uneducated, men and women, the old and the young, and so forth. Such images often involve stereotypes of the life of the relatively well-off, the roles of the housewife and mother, or the restricted lives of senior citizens. Though differences among these groups may sometimes be overdramatized and almost caricatured, they frequently do serve as indicators of social conditions that are shared by large proportions of the people so categorized.
KeywordsSocial Group Marital Satisfaction Social Category Married People Average Satisfaction
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