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Australian nursing and midwifery student beliefs and attitudes about domestic violence: a multi-site, cross-sectional study


Doran, F and Hutchinson, M and Brown, J and East, L and Irwin, P and Mainey, L and Mather, C and Miller, A and van de Mortel, T and Sweet, L and Yates, K, Australian nursing and midwifery student beliefs and attitudes about domestic violence: a multi-site, cross-sectional study, Nurse Education in Practice, 40 Article 102613. ISSN 1471-5953 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2019.08.007


Nurses and midwives have a professional responsibility to identify and provide effective care to those experiencing domestic violence. Pre-registration preparation may develop this capability. In order to inform curriculum development, this study explored Australian nursing and midwifery studentsí attitudes and beliefs about domestic violence. Data were collected between June and October 2017. Descriptive statistics were calculated and comparative analysis performed on independent variables. Thematic analysis was performed on open-ended qualitative responses. Participants included 1076 students from nine Australian universities. The majority were enrolled in nursing programs (88.4%), followed by midwifery (8.6%), and combined nursing/midwifery (2.4%) programs. There was no statistically significant difference in scores by year level across all subscales, suggesting there was no developmental change in beliefs and attitudes toward domestic violence over the course of study. Nursing students held views that were more violence-tolerant than midwifery students. Australian and Chinese-born males were more likely to refute that domestic violence is more common against women. Students had a limited understanding of domestic violence suggesting a critical need to address undergraduate nursing and midwifery curricula.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:domestic violence, intimate partner violence, student attitudes, student beliefs, nursing and midwifery
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Mather, C (Dr Carey Mather)
UTAS Author:Miller, A (Ms Andrea Miller)
ID Code:134636
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2019-08-22
Last Modified:2020-08-17

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