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The standing, state, or condition of an individual; the rights, obligations, capacities, and incapacities that assign an individual to a given class.

For example, the term status is used in reference to the legal state of being an infant, a ward, or a prisoner, as well as in reference to a person's social standing in the community.


noun caliber, caste, circumstance, class, dignity, elevation, eminence, esteem, footing, grade, importance, notability, place, position, posture, prestige, prominence, quality, rank, rating, situation, state, station, superiority
Associated concepts: proof of status, status of purchaser, staaus of trustee
See also: aspect, caliber, case, character, class, condition, credit, degree, honor, phase, position, posture, precedence, prestige, quality, rating, recognition, reputation, situation, state, title

STATUS. The condition of persons. It also means estate, because it signifies the condition or circumstances in which the owner stands with regard to his property. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1689.

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Structured feedback from groups of counselors to whom these six statuses were presented (Hershenson, 2001) indicated that (a) each of the statuses can be found in the career patterns of at least some members of each of the diverse population groups and (b) there does not appear to be any career behavior of members of any of these diverse groups that does not fall within one of these statuses.
Following the example set by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ("iNtuition" following "Introversion"), this status of the INCOME framework is identified by its second letter, N, to avoid having two statuses start with the letter I.
This status, together with the next two statuses of the framework (Obtaining and Maintaining), derive from Danley and Anthony's (1987) Choose-Get-Keep model for employment of persons in psychiatric rehabilitation (Beveridge et al.
An individual may be in the Exiting status a number of times over the course of her or his career and may consider exiting while in other statuses (e.
Schwartz and Dunham (2000) have classified objective identity measures into two broad categories based on the algorithms they use to assign identity statuses to participants.
The degree of consistency between the empirical results and the model's assumptions was evaluated in two ways: (a) degree of association between continuous measures of the statuses and of exploration and commitment, and (b) consistency of categorical identity status classifications between the direct and derived measures.
Within each cluster of domains (ideological, interpersonal, and overall), each participant's scores for the four statuses are converted to standard scores.