Concept Analysis Critique of Homophobia in Nursing Essay

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Concept Analysis Critique of Christensen’s Homophobia in Nursing Using Walker and Avant’s Framework
NUR 701-90 Nursing Theory
The Sage Colleges
Lori Ciafardoni-Hawkes RN, MSN/MEd
November 17, 2010

Concept Analysis Critique of Christensen’s Homophobia in Nursing Using Walker and Avant’s Framework
Concept analysis is discussed by Walker and Avant (2005) as a way to describe phenomena in nursing practice, as it “allows the theorist, researcher, or clinician to come to grips with the various possibilities within the concept of interest” (Walker & Avant, 2005, pg. 63). Walker and Avant developed an eight step process of concept analysis, which includes
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The bulk of the studies seem to have happened when HIV/AIDS was at its height of awareness. While it appears easy to define homophobia, there has not been much research done on this concept in the social sciences. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2010) defines homophobia as “irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals”. Christensen’s concept analysis defines it similarly. Walker and Avant encourage the use of dictionaries, thesauruses, colleagues, and any available literature to identify multiple uses of the concept. Furthermore, all uses of the term must be considered. “This review of literature helps you support or validate your ultimate choices of the defining attributes” (Walker & Avant, 2005, pg. 67). Christensen thoroughly explored homosexuality, as defined by a variety of sources. Further research exposed the coining of homophobia, which is also extensively discussed by Christensen.
Christensen examines fear of homosexuality in oneself, fear of contagion, fear of potential sexual advances, and fear of threat to established sex role identity as aspects of homosexuality that nurses may experience as a result of homophobic feelings (Christensen, 2005)
Determining the aims of the analysis is the second step outlined by Walker and
Avant. “This second step helps focus attention on exactly what use you intend to make of the results of your effort. It essentially answers the question: “Why am I doing this

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