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a pattern of behavior developed in response to the demands or expectations of others; the pattern of responses to the persons with whom an individual interacts in a particular situation.
caregiver role the functions performed by a caregiver; see also under fatigue and strain.
gender role the public expression of gender; the image projected by a person that identifies their maleness or femaleness, which need not correspond to their gender identity.
impaired role the role played by a person who is disabled or chronically ill and who is experiencing a state of wellness and realization of potential commensurate with the condition. Unlike the sick person, the impaired person cannot be expected to “want to get well” but is expected to resume as much normal behavior as is possible.
sick role the role played by a person who has defined himself or herself as ill, with or without validation of the role by health care providers or family members. Adoption of the sick role changes the behavioral expectations of others toward sick persons. They are exempted from normal social responsibilities and not held responsible for the condition; they are obliged to “want to get well” and to seek competent medical help. The sick role also involves behavioral changes, including increased attention to the body and bodily functions, regression (increase in dependent behavior), narrowing of interests, and emotional overreactions.


The pattern of behavior that a person exhibits in relationship to significant others in his or her life; it has its roots in childhood and is influenced by significant people with whom the person has or had primary relationships.


The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.


(1) The function or responsibility assumed by a person—e.g., nurse, data manager, investigator—who is responsible for some aspect of a clinical trial.
(2) Classifier for variables that describe "observations" in statistical time division multiplexing (SDTM). Role is a metadata attribute that determines the type of information conveyed by an observation-describing variable and standardises rules for using the describing variable.


1. The pattern of behavior that one exhibits in relationship to people with whom one has or had primary relationships.
2. A socially agreed set of behaviors or accepted normative code.


Pattern of behavior that a person exhibits in relationship to significant others in his or her life.

Patient discussion about role

Q. do these medicines have any role in diagnosis? hi …..I am scared from the day I was diagnosed with bipolar 2……my symptoms spoke its tune and I was on a verge to lose on the credits I gained just because of bipolar. I have started with the minimum dose of Paxil before the confirmation as bipolar 2. The doctor has prescribed me meds before confirmation of the disorder. I have a strong doubt. Do these medicines have any role in diagnosis…or I was put on the treatment on the basis of symptoms…..anyways I will meet my doc and confirm later….but what you guys say…..?

A. Unfortunately with mental illness there is no blood test that you can get and wait for the results. With mental illness it is answers to a series of questions that will give you a diagnosis. As well starting medications to treat the illness is a way to be sure you do have that illness. I agree with Rohan I believe you are in good hands have some failth in your doctor and be thankful he is choosing to begin treating you for this illness before it becomes worse. At the beginning everyone is scared and reluctant, but working with your doctor can help you gain back control over your life. Trust him and he will help you. I wish you all the best on your journey, have failth you will be okay and you will be.

Q. please let me know my role as a health care professional in caring for a child with autism. I am a health care professional not a specialist. So consider my situation and please let me know my role as a health care professional in caring for a child with autism.

A. If you can provide good nutrition that would be huge,
higly effective natural nutritionals include:

cod liver oil
flax seed oil
raw apple cider vinegar

Also, avoid highly processed foods like white sugar, white flour, an high fructose corn syrup.

Q. What role does emotion have in the life of someone with autism? I just find the whole disorder of autism hard to understand because I'm a really emotional person. I'm especially interested in how people with mild autism or Asperger's can function fine but then when it comes to feeling empathy they have such trouble. I guess my question is how such people experience emotion--are these people actually unable to care about others? My intention is not to sound ignorant, I'm genuinely curious.

A. I have asperger's and most everything for me is logically analyzed and I have a difficulty knowing what emotion goes with certain situations and how the emotion manifests itself within me.
I care about others, I just cannot always put myself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling.

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Considering that the participants in the oldest age group had significantly fewer roles compared to their younger counterparts (see Table 1), there was reason also to examine whether their role patterns across time deviated from the patterns shown for the total sample.
The current study is aimed at examining participation in roles and patterns of role participation across time, in a general population sample from Norway.
Further, a higher proportion of the male students planned to perform the roles of hobbyist/amateur (p = 0.04), religious participant (p = 0.03), and student (p = 0.02) in the future.
Table 2 shows the total number of roles, as well as the number of roles grouped in the four ICF participation areas (Chapters 6-9; WHO, 2001), performed by men and women in the sample.
Role ambiguity and role conflict are external factors of job satisfaction, and lead to lower job satisfaction (Drafke, 1998).
Job satisfaction may be affected by stress arising from employee's attempt to resolve the role conflicts and from ambiguity about autonomy in resolving these conflicts.
System administrators develop atom role according to the system and commonly used services at first, then develop middle role and root role according to the relationship between atom roles and possibly existing mutual cooperation, and determine the relationship between them and create role graph.
This paper is focused on the study of role stress (or stress experienced while performing in an organisational role) as a dependent variable and personal variables (age, management level, qualification level, and functional assignment) as independent variables.
Afghans were more likely to say Iran should play a role in reconstruction (50%) than to say it currently plays this role (42%), but were also more likely to say it should play a role economic development (18%) and peacekeeping (8%) than they were to say it currently does.
The analysis of the data revealed that role erosion, personal inadequacy, resource inadequacy, and role stagnation were identified as dominant contributors of role stress in executives and supervisors.
A small role of a smuggler could also be a good cameo role for Tom Cruise.
To date, a considerable amount of the research on the prevalence of public athletic role models comes from studies which either (a) ask people about their heroes or admired people in all walks of life (e.g., Balswick & Ingoldsby, 1982; Duck, 1990; Gash & Conway, 1997; Harris, 1994) or (b) ask people specifically about their role models in domains other than sports (e.g., Basow & Howe, 1980; Erkut & Mokros, 1984; Gibson & Cordova, 1999; Gilbert, 1985; Gilbert, Gallesich, & Evans, 1983).