1.03 THEORETICAL ARTICLES (pp. 10-11).
Theoretical articles use existing research to advance theory. The development of theory is traced in order to expand and refine theoretical constructs. A new theory may be presented, or an existing theory may be analyzed to highlight flaws or showing the advantage of one theory over another. A theory's internal consistency and external validity are examined in this type of article.
The abstract for a theoretical article includes the following: (p. 27)
Armitage, C. (2009). Is there utility in the transtheoretical model?. British Journal of Health Psychology, 14(2). 195-210.