Theoretical substruction: A guide for theory testing research

Chris Metzger McQuiston, Jacquelyn C. Campbell

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This article demonstrates how theoretical substruction with its various levels of abstraction can be used as a guide for theory testing research. The article describes a method for substructing research hypotheses as well as an entire study. Substruction and its benefits, including assuring the internal consistency of model testing, are discussed as applied to a study testing hypotheses derived from proposition two of Orem's self-care deficit theory of nursing. This approach to theory testing is congruent with the coherence theory of truth and promises to contribute to the advancement of nursing epistemology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Science Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997


  • Orem's Theory
  • Substruction
  • Theory Testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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