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sick role

Definition of Sick Role

(noun) The expected patterns of behavior attached to individuals who are sick and those that take care of them.

Sick Role Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sick role

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /sɪk roʊl/
  • British English – /sɪk rəʊl/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: sick roles
  • Variant spelling: sick-role

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Cite the Definition of Sick Role

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sick role.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 9, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/sick-role/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

sick role. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/sick-role/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sick role.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 9, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/sick-role/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“sick role.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 9 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sick-role/>.