Obedience and conformity in clinical practice

Caroline J. Hollins Martin, Peter Bull

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This study analyzes the psychological processes involved when a midwife accepts directions from a senior person. A representative sample of 20 midwives were recruited from 7 maternity units in North Yorkshire. An inductive thematic analysis was used to interpret interview data. Results showed that midwives respond to social influence from senior people using two processes: obedience and/or conformity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-509
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010


  • midwifery
  • health psychology
  • conformity
  • clinical practice


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