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disengagement theory

Definition of Disengagement Theory

(nounTheory asserting that an individual will gradually withdraw from society and social relationships as they get older.

Disengagement Theory Pronunciation

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Syllabification: dis·en·gage·ment the·o·ry

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /dɪsɪnˈgeɪʤmənt ˈθiəri/
  • British English – /ˌdɪsɪnˈgeɪʤmənt ˈθɪəri/

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Cite the Definition of Disengagement Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “disengagement theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/disengagement-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

disengagement theory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/disengagement-theory/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “disengagement theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/disengagement-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“disengagement theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/disengagement-theory/>.