Dr. Virginia Peterson Tilden is associate professor in the Department of Mental Health Nursing, School of Nursing, The Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland.
Issues of conceptualization and measurement of social support in the construction of nursing theory
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2011
Copyright © 1985 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 8, Issue 2, pages 199–206, June 1985
How to Cite
Tilden, V. P. (1985), Issues of conceptualization and measurement of social support in the construction of nursing theory. Res. Nurs. Health, 8: 199–206. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770080214
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 1 JUN 1984
- Manuscript Received: 5 DEC 1983
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.