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role conflict (social role conflict)

Definition of Role Conflict

(noun) A situation in which contradictory, competing, or incompatible expectations are placed on an individual by two or more roles held at the same time.

Example of Role Conflict

  • Military leaders must think about the safety of troops under their command and the need to complete the mission.

Role Conflict Pronunciation

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Syllabification: role con·flict

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /roʊl ˈkɑnflɪkt/
  • British English – /rəʊl ˈkɒnflɪkt/

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Cite the Definition of Role Conflict

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role conflict.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-conflict/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role conflict.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-conflict/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“role conflict.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-conflict/>.