Role Theory, Role Strain, Role Distancing
Role playing occurs where an
individual plays at or pretends to occupy the role of another. The concept of role playing
is useful for understanding the socialization of children
and in particular that stage during which they play at being mothers, fathers, doctors, or
truck drivers. It is during this playing that they master the ability to engage in
reflexive role-taking and thus to develop their own sense of
Kindness in the
Kindergarten: The Relative Influence of Role Playing and Prosocial Television in
Facilitating Altruism - Inge M. Ahammer, John P.
Murray, Macquarie University. - The effectiveness of four training programs designed to
foster altruism in preschool children. It was assumed that role taking skills would be a
necessary and/or sufficient condition for altruistic behavior. Thus, training programs
centering on cognitive perceptual and affective role taking (empathy) respectively were
compared to programs in which altruistic behavior was either watched on TV or enacted
(role played) by the children.
Children watching 'neutral' TV
episodes, or experiencing a regular preschool program, served as controls. Training lasted
for four weeks I h daily training. Altruism was significantly enhanced in the three role
playing programs, whereas prosocial TV viewing - while less effective than the role play
conditions was marginally superior to neutral TV viewing. Cognitive/perceptual role taking
was clearly implicated in the enactment of altruistic behavior while the role of affective
role taking was less consistent.
Role Playing As a Group
Intervention - Rebecca J. Cabral, Wayne State University
Role playing is an effective intervention technique that has been broadly adapted for use
in academic research and applied settings. A classification scheme for organizing these
diverse role-playing uses, in terms of intraindividual and intact group change, is
presented. Furthermore, it is suggested that research and implementation of role playing
would be best served by an interactional perspective.
Role Playing to Assess
Social Competence - Ecological Validity Considerations
J. Regis Mcnamara, Craig A. Blumer, Ohio University
Role playing is increasingly being used as a method by which to assess social competence.
Role playing has demonstrated its usefulness at reflecting differences between treatment
and control groups in studies concerned with the modification of social competence and
those attempting to differentiate levels of social competence in known groups. The ability
of role plays to accurately represent more naturalistically occurring social behavior is
less well established, however. Current evidence suggests that there is only modest
correspondence between behavior in role play and naturalistic settings.
The effects of role playing on prosocial behavior in preschool children -
Hamazaki T, Hiroshima University.
The purpose was to examine the effects of two types of role-playing experience on
prosocial behavior in preschool children. In the Empathy role-playing (E), each pair of
children enacted alternately a victim and an eyewitness using a glove puppet, in which the
emphasis was only on empathizing with the victim. In the Empathy and Helping role-playing
(EH), they enacted alternately a victim and a helper, in which the emphasis was on
empathizing and helping a victim. In the Control role-playing (C), they played roles
alternately of a customer and a salesman in a grocery store. All children were assessed as
for helping and sharing behaviors for a real victim before and after the role playing
session. In the comparison between pre- and post-tests for helping behavior. All groups
(C, E, EH) increased helping tendency, but only in EH group the proportion of subjects,
whose attitude changed from helper to non-helper. As for sharing behavior, all three
groups increased the number of sharing significantly in the post-test.
ROLE-TAKING AND ROLE-PLAYING IN HUMAN COMMUNICATION
ROBERT L. KELLEY, W.J. OSBORNE and CLYDE HENDRICK
Human Communication Research - Volume 1 Issue 1 Page 62 - September 1974
The work of George Herbert Mead and Jean Piaget is
stimulating interest among the social sciences in role-taking behavior as an intervening
variable affecting human communication. This paper clarifies the concept of role-taking
and distinguishes role-taking from related constructs with which it has been confused. It
is shown, however, that clarification of role-taking requires serious consideration of the
related concept of role-playing.
Use of Cigarettes and Alcohol by Preschoolers While Role-playing as Adults
"Honey, Have Some Smokes"
Madeline A. Dalton; Amy M. Bernhardt; Jennifer J. Gibson; James D. Sargent; Michael L.
Beach; Anna M. Adachi-Mejia; Linda T. Titus-Ernstoff; Todd F. Heatherton - Arch
Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005;159:854-859.
Objective To examine preschoolers attitudes, expectations, and perceptions of
tobacco and alcohol use.
Design: Structured observational study. Children used props and dolls to act out a social
evening for adults. As part of the role play, each child selected items from a miniature
grocery store stocked with 73 different products, including beer, wine, and cigarettes,
for an evening with friends.
Patients: One hundred twenty children, 2 to 6 years old, participated individually in the
Main Outcome Measure: Whether or not a child purchased cigarettes or alcohol at the
Live Action Role-Playing Games - Control, Communication, Storytelling, and
MMORPG Similarities - Anders Tychsen, Michael Hitchens, Thea Brolund,
Live action role-playing games share a range of characteristics with massively
multi-player online games (MMOGs). Because these games have existed for more than 20
years, players of these games have a substantial amount of experience in handling issues
pertinent to MMOGs. Survey and review of live action role-playing games, whose participant
count can be in the thousands, reveal that features such as size, theme, game
master-to-player ratio, and others interact to form complex systems that require several
different groups of control tools to manage.
Computer-Based Role-Playing for Interpersonal Skills Training,
Geralien A. Holsbrink-Engels
This study examines the design and evaluation of computer-based role-playing. For novices,
a conventional role-play is a very complex learning situation. Computer-based role-playing
is designed to simplify role-playing so that students can more effectively develop
interpersonal skills. It is a gradual lead-in to, not a replacement of, conventional
role-playing. An experiment is reported in which 41 students participated. The students
were randomly distributed over two groups. Two instructional programs were compared, one
with and one without computer-based role-playing. One major finding is that computer-based
role-playing enhances interpersonal skills development.
Voice and text: role playing with computers - S Yager, Department of
English, Iowa State University
One way to encourage students to take part is literally to give them a part, a role to
take on in the classroom. Over the past few semesters, I have turned to computers to do
this, using the InterChange function of Daedalus, a networked synchronous communications
program, for role playing exercises in medieval literature classes. In these classes, I
have invited my students (mostly English majors at Iowa State, a public university of
science and technology) to use role playing in order to explore the identities of
Chaucer's Canterbury pilgrims. This project has persuaded me that synchronous
communications in general, and on-line role playing in particular, can be a vital part of
the medieval studies classroom.