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Why professionals wouldn’t act… A study among maternity nurses about facilitating and impeding factors in dealing with the domestic violence and abuse protocol

Kerutt, Birte (2014) Why professionals wouldn’t act… A study among maternity nurses about facilitating and impeding factors in dealing with the domestic violence and abuse protocol.

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Abstract:With a yearly prevalence of 0.4% and 3%, domestic violence with respect to child abuse constitutes a threat to the health of the Dutch society. For professionals working within families, interfering is often easier said than done when they suspect domestic violence or child abuse. The upcoming implementation of a domestic violence and abuse protocol (Dutch: Meldcode) as mandatory aims to support professionals, in this case maternity nurses, in the Netherlands in dealing with such cases. Being able to adjust the protocol to them, the present study investigates factors that either facilitate or impede maternity nurses in dealing with cases of suspected violence or abuse within a family. A sample of 91 maternity nurses working in the region Twente, The Netherlands, participated in an online survey, answering questions about their actual behavior in cases of violence and abuse, as well as their attitude towards the protocol and their intention to use it. Results show that especially social norm plays an important role. Being supported by colleagues, managers, executives and organizations greatly contributes to maternity nurses’ intention to use the protocol. Additionally, it can be concluded that more training and education is needed to prepare maternity nurses for working with the protocol. The findings of the present study partly enable authorities to adjust the protocol to the needs of maternity nurses. Keywords: domestic violence, child abuse, domestic violence and abuse protocol, Meldcode, maternity nurses
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64902
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