Identification with a Motherhood Role



The developmental step of the woman-without-child to the woman-with-child is the goal of identification with a motherhood role. Achievement of this identification can be thought of as a process of unfolding characterized by progressive emphasis in the mother’s thinking away from the single self and toward the mother–baby unit, and ultimately toward recognizing the separateness and individuality of the coming child (Lederman, 1984; Trad, 1991). Identification with a motherhood role also refers to the mother’s attachment orientation and reflective functioning or the capacity to understand the nature of her own patterns of thinking or mental states, as well as those of the developing fetus-baby and newborn infant (Condon & Corkindale, 1997; Haedt & Keel, 2007; Slade, Grienenberger, Bernbach, Levy, & Locker, 2005).


Postpartum Depression Reflective Functioning Good Mother Maternal Attachment Developmental Step 
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  1. 1.University of TexasGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.United States Air Force School of Aerospace MedicineBrooks-City BaseUSA

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