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Concept Development: Clarifying Meaning of Terms

Assignment: Concept Analysis in the Literature

Review of research literature is a beneficial strategy that can be employed for concept analysis. In undertaking this strategy, you seek to understand how others have defined a particular concept, including the steps that have been utilized to arrive at this definition. As members of the nursing field engage in multiple concept analyses, they can begin to develop consensus for concept definitions and/or revise them as necessary.

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Note: The concept and practice problem you select will be your focus next week as well, when you explore the relationship between concept analysis and theory development.

To prepare:

  • Select a concept related to a practice problem of interest to you. You may use the concept and practice problem you selected for the Discussion.
  • Using the Walden Library, find and read at least two articles that demonstrate concept analysis for your selected practice problem.

By Thursday 06/08/17, write a 6- to 7-page APA paper with a minimum of 5 references from the list of required readings below that include the level one headings as numbered below:

By Thursday 6/15/17, write a 2- to 3-page paper that summarizes the steps of the concept analysis process utilized in each article. Include in your summary the following information for each article:

1)       What is the definition of the concept?

2)       How could or does the definition differ from its use in nursing and health care versus in other disciplines?

3)       What characteristics define the concept? How do these apply to nursing and clinical practice?

Required Readings

McEwin, M., & Wills, E.M. (2014). Theoretical basis for nursing. (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.

Chapter 3, “Concept Development: Clarifying Meaning of Terms”

 Chapter 3 explains the process of concept development and discusses its application to theory development and research.

Gray, J.R., Grove, S.K., & Sutherland, S. (2017). Burns and Grove’s the practice of nursing research: Appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier.

Chapter 8, “Frameworks”

 Chapter 8 examines concepts and relational statements, how theories relate to concepts, and how to use conceptual maps to visually illustrate the interrelationships between concepts and statements.

Cronin, P., Ryan, F., & Coughlan, M. (2010). Concept analysis in healthcare research. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 17(2), 62–68.

 Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

 The theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of concept analysis are described in this article. In addition, methods used for concept analysis are discussed.

Ekeland, E., Heian, F., Hagen, K., Abbott, H., & Nordheim, L. (2008). Exercise to improve self-esteem in children and young people. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (1).

 Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

 This systematic review examines the influence of exercise on the self-esteem of children and young adults.

Parse, R. R. (2006). Concept inventing: Continuing clarification. Nursing Science Quarterly, 19(4), 289.

 Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

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