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Structuralism as a Method of Theory Construction

The Example of the Social Psychological Role Conflict Theory

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Resting on the ideas of Gross, Mason and McEachern (1958) a generalized theory on role expectation conflicts is formulated and it is proved that their original theory is a special case of this generalization. It is shown that role conflict theory is adequately presentable as a theory-net precisely in the sense of structuralism. The generalized theory is formulated using specialization- and theoretization-relations as methodological means.

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  • Role Conflict
  • Intended Application
  • Conflict Situation
  • Theory Construction
  • Role Theory

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Many thanks to Carol Norris and John Calton for correcting my English. The final version was written in Munich, June 1989. Thanks are due to Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and to the Academy of Finland for a grant of the scientific exchange programme. Special thanks are due to Auli Kaipainen for excellent text processing and to Hans Westmeyer and Wolfgang Balzer for fruitful comments.

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Kuokkanen, M. (1989). Structuralism as a Method of Theory Construction. In: Westmeyer, H. (eds) Psychological Theories from a Structuralist Point of View. Recent Research in Psychology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-84015-9_6

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