Application Of The Theory Of Interpersonal Relations

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The aim of this report is to evaluate the application of Peplau 's theory of interpersonal relations to nursing practice. This report summarizes the origin of the theory, clarity and simplicity, significance, generalizability, research, and application to nursing practice. After examining Peplau 's theory and her basic concepts of interpersonal relations, it is apparent that it is helpful in nursing practice to encourage wellness and well-being. Origins of the Theory Personal Background Hildegard E. Peplau, the mother of psychiatric nursing, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1909 (Tomey & Alligood, 2002). Born to immigrant parents, she was the second child of six children. Over the path of her life, Peplau maintained, especially close ties with her siblings, Clara, Harold, Walter, Bertha, and her foster brother John David. Her youngster experiences during the great flu epidemic influenced her view of sickness and demise of people. Peplau gave birth to Letitia Anne in 1945 but for personal reasons, she did not marry Letitia 's father, Donald McIntosh. She wrote many articles for professional journals, textbooks, and handbooks. She was initiated into the nursing hall of fame of the American Nurses Association in 1998 and received numerous honors and awards. Diagnosed with abdominal cancer, Peplau died in her sleep at her dwelling in California in 1999, at the age 89 (Tomey & Alligood, 2002). Education Background Peplau had a diploma in nursing from
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