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role transition (social role transition)

Definition of Role Transition

(noun) Moving from one role to another.

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Role Transition Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /roʊl trænˈzɪʃən/
    • British English
      • /rəʊl tranˈzɪʃən/
      • /rəʊl trɑːnˈzɪʃən/
      • /rəʊl tranˈsɪʃən/
      • /rəʊl trɑːnˈsɪʃən/
      • /rəʊl trɑːnˈsɪʒən/
  • Syllabification: (role tran·si·tion)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: role transitions
  • The terms “role transition” and “social role transition” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Variant spelling: role-transition

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Cite the Definition of Role Transition

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role transition.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-transition/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

role transition. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-transition/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role transition.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-transition/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“role transition.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-transition/>.