Example: A student is torn between the obligations of school, their parents, and a job.
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- Plural: role strains
- The terms role and social role are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Compare and contrast to role conflict, which is similar but is caused by two or more roles that are incompatible.
- Variant form: role-strain
- Role strain used in a sentence: My classes are started to cause me role strain and I do not know what to do.
- Role Theory Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “role” and “strain” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- role conflict
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- role expectation
- role performance
- role reversal
- role segregation
- role set
- role taking
- role theory
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How to Cite the Definition of Role Strain
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role strain.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-strain/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
role strain. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-strain/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role strain.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-strain/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“role strain.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-strain/>.