you will select a concept, determine the purposes of analysis, and begin to identify all uses of the term that you can discover. There are endless possibilities of
concepts that loan themselves to analysis. For your paper in this course we are going to keep it simple.
1. Choose one of the following four concepts for your paper: caring, hope, trust or fear. Pick a concept that intrigues you.
2. Determine the aims or purposes of analysis. That is, what do you want to accomplish by conducting this concept analysis?
3. Identify all uses of the term that you can discover.
4. Locate at least three (3) dictionary definitions as well as one (1) thesaurus entry.
5. Locate a minimum of five (5) scholarly articles. If necessary, look for articles outside of the discipline of nursing. Record proper APA citations for each article.
6. Combined, the eight (8) articles will make up the bulk of your literature review and will serve as the basis for identifying your defining attributes.
7. Determine the critical or defining attributes. Identify what each instance or use of the term has in common with the other uses. In general, the more scholarly
sources you use the easier it will be for you to identify the critical attributes of the concept. This is essential in a concept analysis because if you fail to define
the essential attributes the remainder of the paper will tend to be conceptually foggy.
you should finalize your introduction and literature review. Then, using your critical or defining attributes, begin to define your cases.
8. Construct a model case; that is, a real life or life-like scenario that uses the concept and includes all of the critical attributes. Explain how you use each of
the critical attributes. What is important is that your scenario is an accurate representation (model) of your concept.
9. Construct a contrary case. This scenario may actually be the opposite of the concept. Support your claim by showing how the contrary case does not contain any of
the critical attributes of the concept.
10. Construct a borderline case that is related to the concept but is not actually an example of the concept. As you describe the borderline case, explain how or why
it is not an example of the concept (i.e., it does not meet the critical attributes, etc.).
11. Identify related concepts. Create a bullet list of terms that are related to or similar to the concept.
12. Construct an invented case; that is, an imaginary scenario that uses the concept and includes all of the critical attributes. Explain how you use each of the
13. Identify an illegitimate use of the term. If applicable, provide an example of how the term or concept is used in a way that is different, strange, or improper.
you will complete the steps of the concept analysis by identifying antecedents and consequences. You will then finalize your paper. The 6 8 page paper should be in
written in APA format and should include a cover page and reference page.
14. Identify and describe antecedents and consequences. In other words, discuss any concepts or traits that precede (antecedent) the existence of the concept and what
concepts or traits follow (consequence) the existence of the concept. Note that an antecedent cannot be one of the attributes, but a consequence may be.