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date: 19 June 2021

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Rural populations are more likely to face poverty, unemployment, and lack of opportunity than people in urban areas. They also are more likely to have lives intertwined with others in the community, leading to a lack of privacy and easy social comparison. As a result of these factors, rural residents can be acutely aware of social class issues and their relative standing in the community. These factors need to be considered when a counselor attempts to provide services in rural areas. This chapter highlights these issues in the context of a brief review of literature on social class, rural communities, and counseling in rural areas.

Keywords: rural, social class, counseling, poverty, community

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