Issues of conceptualization and measurement of social support in the construction of nursing theory.

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Social support has emerged in the last decade as a significant health behavior and, therefore, a promising focus of theory development in nursing. Nursing's concern with health, environment, and person provides an ideal perspective from which to take the lead in research, instrument development, and theory construction in social support. The focus of this article is the present development of the construct to assist nurse scholars toward an adequate conception of social support. Theoretical frameworks underlying definitions are examined, and issues of measurement and clinical assessment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-206
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in nursing & health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1985


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  • Nursing(all)

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