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Prevalence of Obstetric Violence in Europe : Exploring Associations with Trust, and Care-Seeking Intention

Reuther, M.L. (2021) Prevalence of Obstetric Violence in Europe : Exploring Associations with Trust, and Care-Seeking Intention.

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Abstract:Obstetric Violence is “a form of structural, gender-based, normalized violence that is directed exclusively towards mothers and expresses itself in dehumanization, abuse, bullying, and coercion through medical staff during birth. Within the current study, the prevalence rate of obstetric violence in Germany and the Netherlands was explored. It was investigated whether obstetric violence might have consequences for mother and child regarding trust in conventional medical care, and intention to seek care, in relation to time since obstetric mistreatment. The study was a cross-sectional survey design. Participants were 422 women, a large majority of which were German. Descriptive statistics, mediation models, and moderated mediation models were used to investigate the prevalence and hypothesized associations. The results illustrate that 76,3% of the general sample experienced obstetric violence during birth. It was found that experiencing obstetric violence decreases trust in medical care and willingness to seek medical care, concerning both: general medical care and childbirth-related medical care. Time since obstetric mistreatment did not influence these effects but intensified the negative association of obstetric violence and willingness to seek general medical care. The current study highlights the need for creating awareness about obstetric violence in high-income, European countries.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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