Analyze a concept of your choice using the approach presented by Smith and Liehr (2008 Chapter 3; 2014 Chapter 16) “Building Structures for Research” process of concept analysis. Chapter 15 and 16 of Meleis (2012) elaborates on the process of concept analysis and theory development and may be helpful. The phases of concept development using the Smith and Liehr (2008/2014) approach are:
1. Develop a story that captures the phenomenon.
2. Name the phenomenon.
3. Identify the theoretical lens for viewing the phenomenon.
4. Explore the literature related to the phenomenon.
5. Gather and reconstruct a story from a person who has experienced the phenomenon.
6. Write a mini-sage that captures the reconstructed story.
7. Determine the core qualities of the phenomenon.
8. Formulate a definition that integrates the core qualities.
9. Draw a model that depicts relationships between the core qualities.
10. Create a mini-synthesis that integrates all phases of the structure building process.