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Abstract

There is a gap in nurses' knowledge about how women integrate their multiple roles on a daily basis amidst the economic, social, political, and cultural contingencies of their environments. Quantitative results from a triangulated study of work, maternal, and spousal role experiences of 87 women clerical workers from five ethnic/racial groups indicated that role integration was important in predicting health outcomes. This prior work is extended in this article with an in-depth secondary analysis of the qualitative interview data from the same study to develop a theoretical understanding of the construct of role integration. Using techniques of narrative analysis, a theoretical framework was derived to identify and relate aspects, processes, and patterns of role integration as they are experienced in women's everyday lives. Concepts are identified, defined, and visually represented, propositions are elaborated, and implications for further research and practice are suggested.