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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The purpose of this paper was to explore and define the concept of home through an extensive review of the literature. The concept analysis framework of Walker and Avant (1995) was used to structure the paper and the theories of Johnson (1980) and Maslow (1954) were used for operationalization. The literature search examined characteristics of home applicable to all individuals. The concept’s defining attributes were discovered and applied to the home experiences of those living with serious and persistent mental illness. Homes were evaluated to assess for attribute presence and to determine if the homes were model, borderline, or contrary. There were no model, two borderline, and two contrary examples of homes in the literature about mental illness. Discussion included the development of tools to operationalize the concept of home for application to nursing practice, education, and administration. Limitations were addressed, and areas for further research were presented.


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