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... A theoretical framework has been defined as “a basic structure developed to organize a number of concepts that are particular set of questions” (Meleis, 2011, p.28). The function of frameworks is perceived as “to provide direction for research projects” and they develop from both theory and research (Meleis, 2011, p.28). In comparison to theoretical framework, theory is defined as “an organized, coherent and systematic articulation of a set of statements related to significant questions in a discipline and communicated as a meaningful whole” (Meleis, 2011, p.29). Here, it can be seen that theory anchors in the theoretical framework, and the framework is something that preexists theory and gets...