Relative Deprivation

Measures of relative deprivation capture one’s perception of their financial situation compared to what they think it should be.  

Measure

Source:

Williams JH, Auslander WF, Houston CA, et al. African American family structure: Are there differences in social, psychological, and economic well-being? Journal of Family Issues. 2000;21(7):838-857.

Psychometric properties:

Not reported.

Are you able to afford a home suitable for yourself/your family?

  • Yes
  • No

Do you have enough money for the kind of food that you and your family should have?

  • Yes
  • No

Do you have enough money for the kind of medical care you and your family should have?

  • Yes
  • No

Measure

Source:

Voydanoff P, Donnelly BW, Fine MA. Economic distress, social integration, and family satisfaction. Journal of Family Issues. 1988; 9(4): 545-563.

Psychometric properties:

Not reported.

Compared with American families in general, would you say your family income is:

  • Far above average
  • Above average
  • Average
  • Below average
  • Far below average

Measure

Source:

Krause N. Exploring the buffering effects of church-based and secular social support on self-rated health in late health. Journal of Geronology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 2006;61(1):35-43.

Psychometric properties:

Not reported. 

How do you believe your financial situation is today as compared to other people your age?

  • Worse
  • The same
  • Better