Definition of role reversal in English:

role reversal


  • A situation in which someone adopts a role the reverse of that which they normally assume in relation to someone else, who typically assumes their role in exchange:

    ‘one marriage counsellor makes use of role reversal, inviting husband and wife to pretend to be each other’
    • ‘Three officers from the Aboriginal Curriculum Unit came to Meadows and conducted activities, based in role-play and role reversal.’
    • ‘Using role reversal in a lesson, by having the student teach the teacher, can be an effective teaching technique and can result in deeper understanding on the parts of the teacher and the student.’
    • ‘They fought to overcome what they considered stereotypical - remember the sensitivity training and role reversals in the seventies and eighties?’