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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- 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.
- Role Theory Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “role” and “exit” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Burke, Peter J., and Donald C. Reitzes. 1981. “The Link Between Identity and Role Performance.” Social Psychology Quarterly 44(2):83–92. doi:10.2307/3033704.
- continuity theory
- disengagement theory
- role segregation
- role set
- role strain
- role taking
- role theory
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How to Cite the Definition of Role Exit
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role exit.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-exit/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
role exit. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-exit/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role exit.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-exit/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“role exit.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 May. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-exit/>.