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Law the legal standing or condition of a person


  1. any stable position within a social system associated with specific expectations, rights and duties. 'Status’ in this sense is equivalent to ROLE, although it is the latter term which has the wider currency.
  2. the positive or negative honour, prestige, power, etc., attaching to a position, or an individual person, within a system of SOCIAL STRATIFICATION (often referred to as social status).
Both conceptions derive from forms of society in which individual social locations were relatively fixed (see ASCRIBED STATUS, MAINE), for example by religion or by law (see CASTE, ESTATE). In modern societies status positions tend to be more fluid. See also STATUS GROUP, CLASS, STATUS AND PARTY, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, STATUS CONSISTENCY AND INCONSISTENCY.



in the Hamito-Semitic languages, a grammatical category of the noun that determines whether the noun is definite and whether it has a relationship with other parts of the sentence; in particular, whether the noun has a genitival attribute. A noun’s status also indicates possession, as in Arabic - i(”my”), and demonstrativeness, as in Somali -k-an (”this,” masculine) and -t-an (”this,” feminine). The category of status exists in the Semitic, Coptic, Berber, Cushitic and Chad languages. It is expressed by means of suffixes, prefixes, internal inflection, and distinctions in declensional paradigms.


D’iakonov, I. M. Semito-khamitskie iazyki. Moscow, 1965.
Tucker, A. N., and M. A. Bryan. The Non-Bantu Languages ofNorth-Eastern Africa. London, 1966.
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Having examined the six statuses of the INCOME framework and career development theory concepts that are applicable to each of these statuses, I present some examples of career interventions that are pertinent to each status.
Moreover, the same intervention technique can serve different functions for persons in different statuses.
First, in which INCOME status or statuses is the individual engaged, and in which of these statuses is the problem located?
Using the theoretical constructs associated with each of these statuses as an initial checklist, the counselor can explore the client's issues in each status.
To test the hypothesis that the identity statuses would relate to exploration and commitment in ways consistent with the status model, a correlation matrix among the EIPQ and EQM-EIS-II scales, reported separately by domain cluster (ideological, interpersonal, and overall), was computed.
25 or greater), consistent patterns of relationships between the statuses and the underlying dimensions emerged across the three sets of domains.
Participants assigned to the foreclosed status on the EIPQ had only a 32% chance of also being assigned to foreclosure on the EOM-EIS-II, with most (55%) of the disagreements involving assignment to achievement on the EQM-EIS-II Participants classified as moratorium on the EIPQ had a 43% chance of also being placed in moratorium on the EQM-EIS-II, with classification discrepancies fairly evenly distributed among the other three statuses (diffusion, 41%; foreclosure, 26%; and achievement, 32%).