Relationship power in the context of heterosexual intimate relationships a conceptual development

Valerie Halstead, Joseph De Santis, Jessica Williams

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Various theoretical frameworks have been utilized while examining the concept of relationship power. In addition, the conceptual definition and operational use are inconsistent throughout literature. A concept analysis was conducted on the basis of the guidelines provided by Walker and Avant. The proposed definition of relationship power is the relative, perceived, and actual ability to influence a relationship partner. Antecedents, attributes, and consequences are presented. Because of the various adverse outcomes related to relationship power (eg, intimate partner violence, depression), an understanding of this concept is essential. Furthermore, a clear understanding is needed to advance nursing knowledge, leading to future research and theory development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E31-E43
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016



  • Concept analysis
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Nursing
  • Power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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