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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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 December 14, 2018 (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 December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-exit/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“role exit.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-exit/>.