Example: A parent or folk hero.
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- Plural: role models
- The terms role model and social role model are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- A role model does not have to be personally known, it can be celebrity, historical figure, politician, etc.
- A type of significant other.
- Variant form:
- Role Theory Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “role” and “model” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- role conflict
- role exit
- role expectation
- role performance
- role reversal
- role segregation
- role set
- role strain
- role taking
- role theory
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How to Cite the Definition of Role Model
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role model.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-model/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
role model. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-model/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role model.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-model/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“role model.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Jan. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-model/>.