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Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations

Contributor: Jacqueline Fawcett
September 12, 2018

Author – Hildegard Peplau, RN; EdD; FAAN; LL (Living Legend)

Year First Published – 1952

© 2018 Jacqueline Fawcett

Major Concepts

NURSE-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP

CLINICAL METHODOLOGY

Typology

A middle-range descriptive theory

Brief Description

“Peplau’s work is a middle-range descriptive classification theory that focuses on the phases of the interpersonal process that occur when an ill person and a nurse come together to resolve a health-related difficulty.” (Fawcett, J., & DeSanto-Madeya, S. (2013). Contemporary nursing knowledge: Analysis and evaluation of nursing models and theories (3rd ed., p. 382). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis)

Selected Primary Sources

O’Toole, A.W., & Welt, S.R. (Eds.). (1989). Interpersonal theory in nursing practice: Selected works of Hildegard E. Peplau. New York, NY: Springer.

Peplau, H.E. (1952). Interpersonal relations in nursing: A conceptual frame of reference for psychodynamic nursing. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. [Reprinted 1989. London, UK: Macmillan Education Ltd. Reprinted 1991. New York, NY: Springer.] (Translated into nine languages) . Check availability here

Peplau, H.E. (1964). Basic principles of patient counseling. Philadelphia: Smith, Kline and French Laboratories.

Peplau, H.E. (1965). The heart of nursing: Interpersonal relations. Canadian Nurse, 61, 273–275.

Peplau, H.E. (1992). Interpersonal relations: A theoretical framework for application in nursing practice. Nursing Science Quarterly, 5, 13–18.

Peplau, H. E. (1991). Interpersonal relations in nursing: A conceptual frame of reference for psychodynamic nursing. New York, NY: Springer.

Peplau, H.E. (1997). Peplau’s theory of interpersonal relations. Nursing Science Quarterly, 10, 162–167

Author

Hildegard Peplau (1909-1999)

Education

Experience

Honors

(From an obituary written by Dr. Grayce Sills, with assistance from Dr. L. Anne Peplau and Bertha Reppert. Retrieved from http://publish.uwo.ca/~cforchuk/peplau/obituary.html)

 

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