Theory of Self-Transcendence

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A central focus of nursing is in understanding and facilitating the human capacity for well-being in the context of difficult health-related experiences. The nursing Theory of Self-Transcendence was created from a developmental perspective of human-environment processes of health. Self-Transcendence Theory originated from an interest in understanding how people transcend adversity and the relationship among psychosocial development, mental health, and well-being. The theory is applicable to individuals across the life span regarding challenging life experiences, with supporting empirical findings from research with those in adolescence, adulthood, aging, and end of life. The purpose of the middle range Theory of Self-Transcendence is to provide a framework for inquiry and practice regarding the promotion of well-being in the midst of difficult life situations. Self-transcendence is a concept relevant to nursing. Themes of self-transcendence are evident in other nursing theories. Self-transcendence is also congruent with philosophical views of nursing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMiddle Range Theory for Nursing, Fifth Edition
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781317318132
ISBN (Print)9780826139269
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Mental health
  • Nursing
  • Nursing philosophy
  • Nursing theory
  • Psychosocial development
  • Self-transcendence theory
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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