≪Organizer Abstract≫
Social class divisions within societies create disharmony and represent unequal relations of power between groups. Psychology, as a discipline, has largely neglected the role of social class in shaping peoples diverse experiences and their attitudes towards other groups. Whilst many studies have focused on experiences and attitudes of clinicians and health professionals towards individuals from different social classes, less attention has been paid to understanding lay accounts of health conditions in relation to social class.

The purpose of this thematic session is to bring together recent studies which have explored lay peoples attitudes and understandings of health conditions such as obesity and depression, and how social class shapes such understandings. The session will consist of four papers that report on findings related to this topic. These studies highlight the importance of conducting psychological research on social class and understanding its impact on peoples everyday lives.
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