Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson will define the sociological concept of role and discuss role set, role conflict, and role strain as related to social structure.

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Terms to Know
Role Conflict

The feeling of conflict and stress when faced with juggling multiple role sets from multiple statuses.

Role Exit

A transition where a person disengages from old roles in order to start something new, becoming an "ex."

Role Set

All of the multiple roles associated with a particular status.

Role Strain

Stress and tension resulting from the roles of a single status like a job status.


The behaviors, duties, and responsibilities expected of particular statuses.