Role Conflict (Education)

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  • Roles are “scripted” expectations for behavior from persons who occupy a given status. Role conflict can occur when social roles seem to require incompatible behaviors. For example, mothers are expected to act one way, police officers another. If you have done something illegal and your mother is a police officer, she is likely to experience role conflict when deciding what to do about your crime.

    Role strain is tension among the roles linked to a particular social position. A teacher may feel strain between the roles of friendly advisor and objective judge of academic performance. Role overload is often associated with jobs that require employees to fulfill more functions than they can handle.

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