Ramona T. Mercer's Theory Of Maternal Role Attainment

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Register to read the introduction… Additional concepts of the theory include attachment, infant temperament, infant health status, infant characteristics, infant cues, family, family functioning, father or intimate partner, stress, social support, and mother-father relationship. With there being at least 23 major concepts identified in Mercer’s theory, the writer will define the ones where clarification is necessary to understand the relationships between the main concepts. Maternal role attainment is a process where a mother becomes attached to her infant, feels competent in her new role, and expresses gratification in the role. Maternal identity is defined as viewing oneself as a mother. Childbearing attitudes are the mother’s beliefs about childbearing. Role strain conflict is the conflict and difficulty experienced by the woman fulfilling the maternal role responsibility. Gratification is the reward in fulfilling the usual tasks intrinsic to mothering. Attachment is having affection and emotional commitment to an individual. Infant cues are defined as behaviors by the infant that draw out a response from the mother. Mercer states that the father or intimate partner “contributes to the process of maternal role attainment in a …show more content…
Concepts, assumptions, and goals have been organized into a logical and coherent whole, so that understanding the interrelationships among the concepts is relatively easy” (Tomey & Alligood, 2006, p. 617). The theory does make sense, and the diagrams and visual representations do increase understanding of the theory; however, Mercer can change terms and labels used to identify concepts (such as adaptation and attainment or social support and support network), which can be confusing for the reader. “Maternal identity, a term that Mercer defines as the final stage for role attainment (personal stage), is sometimes substituted for maternal role attainment. Also, Mercer states that when the maternal role has been attained, the mother has achieved a maternal identity, the internalized role of the mother. However, the terms attainment and role identity are sometimes confusing” (Tomey & Alligood, 2006, p. 617). Also, Mercer has decided that the term Maternal Role Attainment implies a static state rather than a constantly developing role as a mother; therefore, the term “becoming a mother” is …show more content…
Maternal Role Attainment’s weakness is the clarity of its concepts and relationships; concepts, variables, and relationships have not always been defined clearly (Tomey & Alligood, 2006, p. 617). The writer would use this theory in her own advanced practice because the process of becoming a mother is complex, multifaceted, and varies for individuals and their families. Mercer’s Theory of Maternal Role Attainment provides a framework for understanding this multidimensional process and a solid foundation for

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