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Theory of Maternal
the concept of Maternal Role Attainment in the late nineteen
1967). She described the
role as a complex
and social process which is learned,
reciprocal, and interactive. Maternal
identity is considered the
culmination or end-point of MRA, characterized by the woman’s
in her role. Rubin’s work focused
and dealt with MRA from the point of acceptance of
the pregnancy to
one month postpartum.
Building on the
work of Rubin, Ramona Mercer
mothers of all
age groups and experiences and created the
practice-oriented theory of MRA
(Mercer, 1981 , Mercer,
, Mercer, 1986). She expanded on Rubin’s
frame for MRA,
extending the process to 12 months postpartum.
theory has had tremendous impact
on researchers in the
child arena and is the chief theoretical framework upon
many studies in this field are based (Kemp, Sibley, &
Koniak-Griffin & Verzemnieks, 1991 ,
1985, Mercer, 1986. (Extract from: Ann T. Sartore,RN).
Rubin- Mercer’s Professor and Mentor).
Maternal Identity - Rubin introduced the concept of
Maternal Role Attainment in the late nineteen sixties.(Rubin,
1967). She described the maternal role as a complex cognitive
and social process which is learned, reciprocal, and
interactive. (Information from Nursingtheory.net)
Ann T Sartore,RN.
Maternal Role Attainment in
Adolescent Mothers: Foundations and Implications.
Maternal Role Attainment in Adolescent Mothers: Foundations
3, Document Number 11 The Online Journal of Knowledge
Synthesis for Nursing.
Intrapartum Nursing: Integrating Rubin’s Framework With Social
Support Theory. Martha Rider Sleutel -
Article explores Reva Rubin’s framework and social support
theory. Address for correspondence:
Martha Rider Sleutel, PhD, RN, CNS, is an assistant professor
of nursing, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX.
PhD. Series Editor:
MOTHER Research on Maternal Identity from Rubin to the
Present. Ramona T. Mercer, Rn, PhD, FAAN
Springer Series: Focus on Women.
offers a comprehensive review of all the current knowledge on
maternal role attainment since Reva Rubin’s seminal work
R. (1967). Attainment of the maternal
role. Part 1:Processes. Nursing Research, 16, 237-245.
‘Reva Rubin. Theory of Maternal Identity”
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Hardcover: 242 pages
Publisher: Springer Pub Co (February 1, 1984)
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