Linking biology and biography: complex nonlinear dynamical systems as a framework for nursing inquiry.


Journal Article (Academic article)

Complex nonlinear dynamical systems ("complexity") theory provides a framework that may facilitate uniting biology and biography in nursing research. The assumptive bases of complexity theory and the dominant paradigms of positivism and naturalism used in nursing inquiry are compared. Within a complexity framework, nurse researchers may combine assumptively consistent quantitative methods such as repeated measures, spectral analyses, and time series with qualitative methods such as grounded theory and narrative analysis to unify biology and biography.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Maliski, SL; Holditch Davis, D

Published Date

  • July 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 25 - 35

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1088-7911