Many of the problems that clients bring to clinical sociologists are caused by dysfunctional social roles that they are unable to change. These roles are often fixed in place by dysfunctional variations of the mechanisms that normally stabilize role structures. The cognitive, emotional, volitional, and social components of role scripts that ordinarily keep roles from changing also serve to maintain painful ones. Understanding how they accomplish this is the first step toward facilitating effective personal growth.
Fein, Melvyn L.
"Dysfunctional Role Maintenance,"
Clinical Sociology Review: Vol. 8
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol8/iss1/8