Bonding : Maternal Infant Attachment And The Maternal Role Attainment Theory

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A concept is an abstract group of thoughts that integrates unrelated phenomena, and is the primary building block of a theory. Concepts are necessary components of a phenomenon, which are used to comprehend and be synthesized into a theory or paradigm. (McEwen, M. & Wills, E.M.) According to McEwen & Wills concept exploration, concept clarification, and concept analysis are three strategies described by Meleis in 2012. These are used in nursing theory, research and practice to develop conceptual meanings. (McEwen, M. & Wills, E.M.) This concept exploration paper will focus on Bonding: maternal-infant attachment and the Maternal Role Attainment Theory. The MFAS (Maternal Fetal Attachment Scale) (Cranley, 1981) is a renowned tool to measure mother’s attachment (reflected in the level of healthcare indulged in), during pregnancy, and correlation with neonatal outcomes. Further extrapolation of the constructs and effects related to improvement in infant development, decreasing rates of child abuse and improved health outcomes, and even decreased incidence of adolescent and adult psychopathology rates is warranted.

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Ramona Mercer (1985) described a theoretical framework for the maternal role. This derivation was a synthesis from role theory, knowledge of infant’s traits, and variables that influence or are influenced by maternal roles. (McEwen, M. & Wills, E.M.) Mercer’s 1983 “Conceptualization of Maternal Role Attainment/Becoming a Mother” is…
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