The Middle Years

Changes and Variations in Social Role Commitments
  • Helena Z. Lopata
  • Debra Barnewolt
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


Human beings are involved in many social roles in a lifetime, consecutively and within time-bound clusters. One can be a student, worker, wife, and mother either simultaneously or at different times. At any one stage of life, however, a person is involved in a cluster of roles, each with its own cycle of involvement. Each role consists of a set of mutually interdependent relations with members of a social circle for whom duties are performed and from whom rights are received (Lopata, 1971, 1973; Lopata, Barnewolt, and Norr, 1980; Znaniecki, 1940, 1965).


American Woman Social Role Role Conflict Family Role Role Orientation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helena Z. Lopata
    • 1
  • Debra Barnewolt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyLoyola UniversityChicagoUSA

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