Situation-specific theories from the middle-range transitions theory

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2014 Jan-Mar;37(1):19-31. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000014.


The purpose of this article was to analyze the theory development process of the situation-specific theories that were derived from the middle-range transitions theory. This analysis aims to provide directions for future development of situation-specific theories. First, transitions theory is concisely described with its history, goal, and major concepts. Then, the approach that was used to retrieve the situation-specific theories derived from transitions theory is described. Next, an analysis of 6 situation-specific theories is presented. Finally, 4 themes reflecting commonalities and variances in the theory development process are discussed with implications for future theoretical development.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Nursing*
  • Nursing Research / history
  • Nursing Research / trends*
  • Nursing Theory*
  • Philosophy, Nursing* / history
  • Research Design