Articles: PDF OnlyThe concept of crisis: its utility for nursingBrownell, Mary Jo RN, MSNAuthor Information Doctoral Candidate School of Nursing University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Advances in Nursing Science: July 1984 - Volume 6 - Issue 4 - p 10-21 Buy Abstract The concept of crisis is important to nursing; yet, discrepancies exist in the way the term is viewed conceptually and applied clinically. This lack of clarity makes systematic research more difficult. In this article, crisis intervention theory is used to describe the concept of emotional crisis. Traditional and more recent constitutive definitions are discussed using related theories of stress and threat. The utility of crisis for nursing is outlined with a focus on crisis as a continuous entity as opposed to the dichotomous variable it is often considered to be. Implications for research and clinical practice are explored. Copyright © 1984 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.