Original ArticlesDelineating Among Parenting Confidence, Parenting Self-Efficacy, and CompetenceVance, Ashlee J. MA, RN, RNC-NIC; Brandon, Debra H. PhD, RN, CNS, FAANAuthor Information Division of Women and Children (Dr Brandon), Duke University School of Nursing (Ms Vance), Durham, North Carolina. Correspondence: Ashlee J. Vance, MA, RN, RNC-NIC, Duke University School of Nursing, DUMC 3322, 307 Trent Dr, Clip 1042, Durham, NC 27710 ([email protected]). Research reported in this publication was supported by a grant from the Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number F31NR017101. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.No conflicts of interest or funding organizations to disclose. Advances in Nursing Science: October/December 2017 - Volume 40 - Issue 4 - p E18-E37 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000179 Buy Metrics Abstract This article examined the concepts of parenting self-efficacy, parenting confidence, and competence. Using Morse's method of concept delineation, a literature review of each concept was conducted to uncover commonalities, distinctions, and measurement overlaps between concepts and provide conceptual boundaries. Findings revealed that parenting confidence and parenting self-efficacy describe a parents' internal attribution or beliefs about their ability to engage in parenting behaviors. Both terms have similar antecedents, attributes, and consequences, whereas competence is a concept that should be used as an objective measure by someone other than the parent to assess parenting quality. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.