Original articlesTheory Development Process of Situation-Specific TheoriesIm, Eun-Ok PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAANAuthor Information Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Atlanta, Georgia. Correspondence: Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, 1520 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30322 ([email protected]). The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: January/March 2021 - Volume 44 - Issue 1 - p E32-E47 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000341 Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of this analysis was to determine the development process of situation-specific theories that were published in refereed journals. Fifteen situation-specific theories were retrieved through multiple databases and included in this analysis. Four themes reflecting the commonalties and differences in the theorizing process were extracted: (a) multiple, but no homogeneous steps; (b) various combinations of induction and deduction through unique strategies; (c) deduction from all types of theories/theoretical works; and (d) the use of multiple theories and/or multiple studies. On the basis of the findings, directions for future theoretical development in nursing were proposed. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.