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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

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: role tran·si·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /rOHl tran-zIsh-uhn/
  • British English – /rOHl tran-zIsh-uhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /roʊl trænˈzɪʃən/
  • British English – /rəʊl trænˈsɪʒən/

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 February 21, 2020 (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 February 21, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-transition/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“role transition.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-transition/>.