Describe the terms “status” and “role” and the relationship between the concepts.

Published by Jeannie R. Ferrell

Nov 17, 2022


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What you plan to include in section 1
Paragraph 1/Introduction:
An individual can have multiple statuses in their lifetime. A status, by definition, is any “____” a person has within their _____ (Conley 2021:319). This includes being a mom, ___, ___, or ____. A status comes with _____, which are the “___ and ___” of the status (Conley 2021:319). For example, a person with the ___ status fulfills the roles ___ and ____. Another instance is an employee having to ________.
What you plan to include in section 2
Paragraph 1: My status as a pet parent.
When I adopted my cat, I had only a basic understanding of caring for a cat. I assumed that the only roles would be to feed, clean my cat’s box, and play with him. However, my cat ended up being very sick, and I was unknowingly given more roles as a pet parent. My new roles included monthly vet visits, administering medication, and deep cleaning my apartment daily to prevent contamination. Although I no longer have some of those roles, I gained new ones when I moved in with my boyfriend and his dog. The roles of feeding, cleaning, and playing with my pets are the same; I did gain new roles such as walking my dog and training her commands. The roles associated with being a pet parent were not explicitly stated; rather, I had to learn (the hard way) how to properly care for my pets.
Paragraph 2: My status as a girlfriend.
There are numerous roles I fill as a girlfriend. These roles are essential for a successful relationship, and these roles are typically shared by both my boyfriend and me. A few roles I have include spending quality time, going on dates, and accommodating his interests (such as listening to him talk about Pokémon).
Paragraph 3: My status as a sibling.
As a middle child, there are various responsibilities and roles I have. The biggest role (in my opinion) would be to act as a good role model for my younger brother. I ensure to present myself as someone he can look up to. I also take on the role as mediator. I often act as a buffer between my siblings, and I am often chosen as the sibling to speak on behalf of all three of us (when talking to my parents). Another role I take on is to be a safe space for my siblings. I allow myself to be open for my siblings if they ever need anything. This includes duties like letting my brother stay the night at my house, listening to my sister complain about our dad, picking up my brother from school (when he does not want to walk), giving my sister money for food, and so many other things.
What you plan to include in section 3
Paragraph 1:
Role strain happens when ________ (Conley 2021). Referring back to my status as a pet parent, I felt enormous role strain when my cat was sick. I was overwhelmed with all the additional obligations that I was not anticipating, such as the constant need to keep everything clean to prevent recontamination. I had to make life or death decisions for a cat I had for two weeks; I felt extremely unprepared.
Paragraph 2:
Role conflict occurs when _____ (Conley 2021). This can happen for various reasons with any status. Personally, I experience role conflict when it comes to my boyfriend and my siblings. The most common role conflict I have is balancing my free time between my boyfriend and my siblings. Sometimes, I must sacrifice time with my boyfriend to be with my siblings and vice versa. This can become an issue between us all, especially when my siblings complain that I spend too much time with my boyfriend. Although I have since figured out ways to balance this, I still have to pick and choose who to be with, and it plays a major role conflict in my life.
All people have statuses and associated roles to fulfill those statuses. Going through social life without having at least a few statuses would be impossible. Considering this fact, it is important to understand our statuses, their associated roles, and how role strain and role conflict can occur because they can cause issues as they arise. I had not previously thought about all my statuses in my life, but now I know that I have several and that sometimes a single status can butt heads with other statuses, making it hard to satisfy all my social roles.
Works Cited
Conley, Dalton. 2021. You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking like a Sociologist, 7th edition. NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Mandatory Essay Instructions Mandatory Essay Instructions
Mandatory Essay Outline Instructions:
As part of your mandatory essay assignment, you will outline the content you plan to include in your essay.
For more instructions on creating your mandatory essay outline, go to the Folder below titled “mandatory essay outline.”
You may not write about your role or status as a college student.
Mandatory Essay Instructions:
Reread the section in chapter 4 of the textbook titled Social Interaction. Then, complete the steps below.
You may not write about your role or status as a college student.
Section 1: In your own words, write 2-3 paragraphs:
Provide a brief introduction in this section.
Describe the terms “status” and “role” and the relationship between the concepts.
Provide an example of each concept.
Provide ASA-style citations to give credit to the source informing your descriptions.
Section 2: In your own words, write 1-2 paragraphs
Identify three statuses that you occupy.
For each status, identify three corresponding roles.
Section 3: In your own words, write 2-3 paragraphs:
Describe the terms “role strain” and “role conflict.”
Provide an example of each concept
Provide ASA-style citations to give credit to the source informing your descriptions.
Discuss how each of the three statuses and roles you listed conflict with one another by identifying one source of role strain and one source of role conflict.
Provide a brief conclusion in this section.
The final essay should be about 500 words long.
Cite the class textbook and NO other sources.
Provide in-text citations for the terms “status,” “role,” “role strain,” and “role conflict.”
Use ASA citation style for your in-text citations and works cited page.
Mandatory Essay: Outline Instructions Mandatory Essay: Outline Instructions
For the mandatory essay assignment, you must create an outline of the content you plan to include in your essay.
Your outline must contain at least 100 words for each section of the three main sections.
Your outline must contain at least one citation from the class textbook.
In this outline, you may provide informal content that demonstrates an overall frame that shows what you plan to write in each section.
Remember, you may not write about your role or status as a university student.
Below is a template for how your outline should look.
Upload your separate document to the link
*Correction* The essay outline is due Nov 20th, by 11:59 pm**
What do you plan to include in section One? This section will eventually be 2-3 paragraphs long.
1st paragraph:
2nd paragraph:
3rd paragraph:
What do you plan to include in section Two? This section will eventually be 1-2 paragraphs long.
1st paragraph:
2nd paragraph:
What do you plan to include in section Three? This section will eventually be 2-3 paragraphs long.
1st paragraph:
2nd paragraph:
3rd paragraph:
Provide the ASA style citation as it will appear on your essay’s works cited page. Use the example formats I provided below.
*Book Citation*
Author’s last name (comma), Author’s First name (period). Date (period). Italicized title of the book (period). Location of the publisher, state, or province postal code (colon): Publisher’s name (period).
*In-text citations*
In-text Citation with a quote — (Author Date:page#). At least once a day, she says, “American Bullys are the best dogs” (Livesey 2022:138).
In-text Citation without a quote — (Author Date). At least once a day, she asserts how much she likes the American Bully breed (Livesey 2022).


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