What is Interrole Conflict?

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What is Interrole Conflict?
Interrole conflict happens when we find ourselves being pulled in two or more directions. (family image by redrex from Fotolia.com)

Interrole conflict arises from a person occupying a certain role having issues when expectations foranother role occupied by that person comes into play. For example, interrole conflict can take place in a marriage when a woman is both a mother and a wife, with demands from external forces acting on her from both children and spouse.

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Most interrole conflict takes place when a parent has to juggle the needs of their children with the needs of a workplace environment. When both parents are working, both parents find themselves dealing with interrole conflicts.


Spouse interrole conflict happens with a spouse feels neglected because other issues are taking attention away from him or her--issues such as children or the workplace or even parental needs.


Employee interrole conflict can be found when the needs of the workplace come into opposition with the needs of the family or the needs of a spouse.


Parent interrole conflict take place with older individuals, who found themselves having to care for an older parent while dealing with other roles in their lives--spouse, employee and parent.


Resolving interrole conflict can only happen when an individual takes a careful assessment of the situations causing the conflict and objectively setting forth a plan of action that will bring about a resolution. There will be times when there can be no resolution, however.

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