role strain

(noun) A situation caused by higher than expected demands placed on an individual performing a specific role that leads to difficulty or stress.

Example: A student is torn between the obligations of school, their parents, and a job.

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Usage Notes:

  • 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.

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