The situational argument: do midwives agree or acquiesce with senior staff?

Caroline J. Hollins Martin, Peter Bull

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This study concerns midwives' obedience/conformity to direction from a senior person. We sought to identify whether midwives just went along with what a midwife at management level suggested, or instead altered their views to match. In the first condition, a postal Social Influence Scale-Midwifery (SIS-M) measured and scored 209 midwives' private responses to 10 clinical questions. In a second condition, a senior midwife successfully influenced 60 of these midwives to alter their SIS-M decisions to agree with her suggested correct responses. In a third condition, a postal condition again measured the midwives private SIS-M responses. The aim was to elicit whether the midwives' simply complied with the senior midwife's suggestions during interview or actually changed their opinions to match hers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-190
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


  • social influence
  • midwives
  • obedience
  • conformity


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