The social influence scale for midwifery : factor structure and clinical research applications

Hollins-Martin, CJ, Bull, P and Martin, CR 2004, 'The social influence scale for midwifery : factor structure and clinical research applications' , Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 8 , pp. 118-121.

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The role of perceived authority on the clinical behaviour and decisionmaking of midwives has received little research attention, largely due to the unavailability of a midwifery-specific measure of conformity. The current study investigated the factor structure of the social influence scale for midwifery (SISM), a recently developed measure of conformity designed specifically for use within midwifery practice. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that a four-factor model of conformity, comprising distinct dimensions of conformity, client control, personal control and non-conformity offered an excellent fit to the data. It is concluded that, though the SIS-M was developed as a unitary measure of conformity, there is also compelling evidence that the SIS-M could be developed as a multi-dimensional measure of distinct, but related, conformity dimensions. The SIS-M therefore offers considerable potential as a research tool to gain novel insights into the conformity behaviour of midwives in the practice environment and the relationship of such behaviour to maternal and neonatal outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1361-9004
Depositing User: CJ Hollins Martin
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 16:44
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 13:51

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