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most people have faced times in their lives when they simply cannot carry out all the obligations of the status and the tension between roles within one status is called role strain and rural strain causes an individual to be pulled in many directions by the many responsibilities of one single status so an example would be a student and let's say this student has to write two papers finish five reading assignments four separate classes give a speech study for a midterm exam and do two lab reports in one week so they are being pulled in many different ways by this one status the status of being a student on the other hand there's what's called role conflict and this is talking about the conflict between the roles of two or more social statuses so I want to be clear when I say between statuses this is not an individual status like before so let's take a look at this guy right here and look at a few different scenarios to understand role conflict so this man has many different statuses he's a student he's a husband he's a friend he's a worker and he's also a parent and these different statuses can compete for his time so let's say that he gets a call from one of his buddies and they're very excited for their monthly get-together they usually go golfing once a month and he just gets a reminder on his phone that says hey tomorrow's your anniversary so his status as a husband should be more important that his status as a friend if he's smart in this case so let's take a look at another scenario here let's say a week later that he has a paper to do for school but he finds out that his son was injured and he may need to go to the hospital so in this case his status as a parent may take precedence over his status as a student because he's concerned for his child's health so in a final example let's say that he had a big meeting Monday but his wife wanted him to clean the garage so in this instance his status as a husband and as a worker come into conflict and if his job depends on his performance in the meeting he will probably choose to focus more energy on his job in his presentation then in this case on being a husband and cleaning at the garage so real strain is tension between the roles of one single status like a student and role conflict involves the conflict between roles of two or more statuses