Professional Values From the Perspectives of Midwifery Students: A Cross-Sectional Study

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Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate midwifery students’ perceptions on the value of their profession. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted face to face with 100 midwifery students, between January and June 2020, using the Student Information Form and the Professional Values of Midwives’ Scale. Results: The individual mean score of the participants in Professional Values of Midwives’ Scale was 125.88 ± 24.28. It was observed that there was a statistically significant difference between the mean Professional Values of Midwives’ Scale scores of the first-grade students and the fourth-grade students, and the Professional Values of Midwives’ Scale scores of the fourth-grade students were higher than the first-grade students. The students who chose midwifery as a career “at the request of their family” had statistically significantly lower Professional Values of Midwives’ Scale mean scores than those who did not. Conclusion: The perceptions of professional values among midwifery students were positive; however, they ranged by grade level. The most essential aspect in choosing a profession was “lov-ing the profession,” while students who prefer a profession “at the request of their family” have poorer professional value evaluations. It is recommended to conduct studies with large samples evaluating the factors affecting the professional value perceptions of students and to develop midwifery education curricula in a way that will improve their professional value perception. © 2023, AVES. All rights reserved.


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Midwifery, Professional Value, Professional Values Of Midwives' Scale, Student


Journal of Midwifery and Health Sciences

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