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

Frances Doran, Marie Hutchinson, Janie Brown, Leah East, Pauletta Irwin, Lydia Mainey, Carey Mather, Andrea Miller, Thea van de Mortel, Linda Sweet, Karen Yates

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Abstract

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 students’ 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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102613
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Volume40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Student attitudes
  • Student beliefs

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    Doran, F., Hutchinson, M., Brown, J., East, L., Irwin, P., Mainey, L., Mather, C., Miller, A., van de Mortel, T., Sweet, L., & Yates, K. (2019). Australian nursing and midwifery student beliefs and attitudes about domestic violence: A multi-site, cross-sectional study. Nurse Education in Practice, 40, [102613]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2019.08.007