Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2016 , Vol 7, Issue 4
The Views of Final Year Nursing and Midwifery Students About Domestic Violence Against Women In Pregnancy
Didem Kaya, Zehra Gölbaşı
Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü, Sivas, Türkiye Objective: To define the view of final year nursing and midwifery students towards domestic violence against women during pregnancy.

Method: 124 students (88 nursing, 36 midwifery) completed a questionnaire developed by researchers. Data were presented as frequency distribution, and chi-square test was used for statistical analysis.

Results: Students found the training they receive in the following topics inadequate: people who apply legal sanctions against domestic violence (50.8% of students surveyed), the legal rights of the victims of domestic violence (49.2%), domestic violence intervention (31.5%), and frequency and importance of the issue of violence in pregnancy (29.0%). On the other hand 38.7% of the students found their training to be adequate with regard to violence frequency and importance in pregnancy, violence during pregnancy and maternal and fetal health effects (53.2%), and postpartum violence during pregnancy in mothers and their effects on infant health (51.6%). 98.4% of the students agreed that “forcing women to bear a child unwillingly is a form of violence”, 83.1% agreed that “the sex of the unborn baby can expose pregnant women to violence”, 90.3% agreed that “determining the risk of violence to pregnant women during prenatal care is an important duty of health personnel”, 87.9% agreed that “more time should be given to the issue of violence during pregnancy in the training of health personnel “, and 48.4% agreed that “the severity of the problem of violence during pregnancy is ignored”.

Conclusion: The majority of students agreed that during their training, importance should be given to potential situations that could lead to a pregnant woman's exposure to violence, and how health personnel can easily diagnose these situations. However, during the training of the students said that they receive inadequate information about usually domestic violence, and in particular violence during pregnancy. Keywords : Nursing students, midwifery students, violence during pregnancy, domestic violence