Relative Deprivation in Psychology: Theory & Definition


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The sociologist Samuel Stouffer developed the idea of relative deprivation after studying what?

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1. During the 1950s and 1960s, African-Americans were forced into segregation and were denied legal rights. Groups of people came together to protest this discrimination. What is this a good example of?

2. Which of these best describes relative deprivation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Perception plays a crucial role in how people view social situations. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of relative deprivation theory, a term coined by Samuel Stouffer to explain how a perceived deprivation can impact society.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students will need to know the following information to be successful with this quiz:

  • Samuel Stouffer's contribution to relative deprivation theory
  • Effects of relative deprivation on social empowerment
  • Definitions of key terms

Skills Practiced

Students utilizing this learning tool will gain practice in these related skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on relative deprivation
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about social change in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about relative deprivation and its effect on social revolution

Additional Learning

Read the lesson titled Relative Deprivation in Psychology: Theory & Definition to learn more about this topic. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Explain impact of relative deprivation on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Describe how deprivation of rights helped change legislation for same-sex marriage
  • Present relative deprivation theory as a catalyst for social revolution