role exit (social role exit)

(noun) When an individual stops engaging in a role previously central to their identity and the process of establishing a new identity.

Example: When an individual retires from a long career and must transition from the role of worker with deadlines and responsibilities to a leisurely life or when an individual becomes a parent and has to change their lifestyle.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: role exits
  • The terms role exit and social role exit are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Studied by Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaugh in Becoming an Ex: The Process of Role Exit (1988).
  • Variant form: role-exit
  • Role exit used in a sentence: I had to come to terms with my role exit as I retired from teaching.

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