Managing Transitional Strain: Strategies and Intervention Techniques

  • Evert van de Vliert
  • Vernon L. Allen
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 23)


As evidenced in many chapters of this book, role transitions are often accompanied by an aversive state that we have called role strain. If nothing is done to attenuate the strain (or if attempts to do so are ultimately unsuccessful), then its persistence is likely to result in ineffective role enactment and in detrimental consequences for the individual’s physical and psychological well-being (Sarason & Spielberger, 1975). And, of course, some persons are unwilling or incapable of reducing strain to a tolerable level. In most cases, however, individuals do deal satisfactorily with the strain (with or without the help of others), thus preventing serious physical and psychological consequences.


Intervention Technique Role Transition Role Conflict Individual Strategy Role Expectation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evert van de Vliert
    • 1
  • Vernon L. Allen
    • 2
  1. 1.Free UniversityAmsterdamUK
  2. 2.University of WisconsinUSA

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