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Concept analysis and the building blocks of theory: misconceptions regarding theory development.
Research and Development Unit, FOU nu, SLSO, Stockholm, Sweden / Faculty of Professional Studies, Nursing Science, Nord University, Bodö, Norway.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1588-135X
2016 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

AIM: The purpose of this article is to discuss the attempts to justify concepts analysis as a way to construct theory - a notion often advocated in nursing.

BACKGROUND: The notion that concepts are the building blocks or threads from which theory is constructed is often repeated. It can be found in many articles and well-known textbooks. However, this notion is seldom explained or defended. The notion of concepts as building blocks has also been questioned by several authors. However, most of these authors seem to agree to some degree that concepts are essential components from which theory is built.

DESIGN: Discussion paper.

DATA SOURCES: Literature was reviewed to synthesize and debate current knowledge.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Our point is that theory is not built by concepts analysis or clarification and we will show that this notion has its basis in some serious misunderstandings. We argue that concept analysis is not a part of sound scientific method and should be abandoned.

CONCLUSION: The current methods of concept analysis in nursing have no foundation in philosophy of science or in language philosophy. The type of concept analysis performed in nursing is not a way to 'construct' theory. Rather, theories are formed by creative endeavour to propose a solution to a scientific and/or practical problem. The bottom line is that the current style and form of concept analysis in nursing should be abandoned in favour of methods in line with modern theory of science.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2016.
Keyword [en]
young adults, energy end-users, end-use efficiency, employment
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130638DOI: 10.1111/jan.13002PubMedID: 27218439OAI: diva2:953992
Available from: 2016-08-19 Created: 2016-08-19 Last updated: 2016-08-25Bibliographically approved

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