Mental Health Literacy of Midwives
Author(s): Pelin Uymaz
, Duygu Oztas
and Senay Akgun
Objective: To determine mental health literacy status of midwifes in Turkey. Methods: This study consists of 246 midwives. A socio-demographic form and the Mental Health Literacy Scale were used for collecting the data. The descriptive categorical data were analyzed using the number, percentage; while the continuous data were analyzed using the arithmetic mean and standard deviation. Comparisons between groups were made using one-way ANOVA test and Independent t-test for normally distributed data. The results were evaluated at the 95% confidence interval and at the p < .05 significance level. Results: The total score of MHLS is 111.21±12.35. Age, current place of residence, income status, family type, marital status, having a child, chronic disease status are statistically significant differences (p<0.05). Also, there is statistically significant relation between age, income status, family type, marital status and MHLS (p<0.05). Conclusion: The midwives’ mean scores from MHLS were not at the desired level. Thus, we recommend this study to be carried out with different groups and the importance of mental health be emphasized in midwife training and in-service trainings to promote health at the primary level.