role conflict


noun
  1. emotional conflict arising when competing demands are made on an individual in the fulfillment of their multiple social roles.

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Origin of role conflict

1
First recorded in 1960–65

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Cultural definitions for role conflict

role conflict

A situation in which a person is expected to play two incompatible roles. For example, a boss will suffer role conflict if forced to fire an employee who is also a close friend.

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