Example: Military leaders must think about the safety of troops under their command and the need to complete the mission.
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- Plural: role conflicts
- The terms role conflict and social role conflict are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Role conflict was systematically studied in Organizational Stress: Studies in Role Conflict and Ambiguity (1964) by Robert Kahn (1918).
- Role conflict used in a sentence: My role as student and employee often cause role conflict in my life.
- Role Theory Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “role” and “conflict” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Kahn, Robert L. 1964. Organizational Stress: Studies in Role Conflict and Ambiguity. New York: Wiley.
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How to Cite the Definition of Role Conflict
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role conflict.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 24, 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/
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role conflict.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-conflict/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“role conflict.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-conflict/>.