|The Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
|Accepted/In press - 2020
Status inconsistency occurs when an individual experiences a discrepancy between two or more of their status characteristics. Status inconsistency theory suggests that individuals may experience frustration and uncertainty when they have some status characteristics that are ranked relatively high and others that are ranked relatively low. Accordingly, status inconsistency has been linked to political activism, fairness perceptions, health complaints, and depression.