SES Contributes to Human Rights

The APA Public Interest Directorate’s Office on Socioeconomic Status recognizes Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.

Poverty is the gravest human rights challenge facing the world today. A staggering 40 percent of the world’s population live with the reality or the threat of extreme poverty, and one in five persons live in a state of poverty so abject that it threatens survival.

The Office on Socioeconomic Status (SES) is responsible for directing, overseeing, facilitating and promoting psychology’s contribution to the understanding of SES and the lives and well-being of the poor.

The APA Public Interest Directorate focuses on these critical policy issues, directed by the scientific understanding of the roles of poverty and SES in sustaining health, education and human welfare.