Midwifery Students’ Perceptions of Spirituality and Spiritual Care: An Example from Western Turkey

  • Gulengul Mermer
  • Mahide Demirelöz Akyüz
  • Hafize Ozturk Can
Original Paper


This cross-sectional study aimed to explore Turkish midwifery students’ perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care and to investigate the factors affecting them. Data were collected from 271 students of the Midwifery Department of the High School of Health of a state university in the west of Turkey using the Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating Scale. A significant difference was found between belief in the need for spiritual care and the practice of spiritual care during midwifery training and the total score on the Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating Scale, but no significant difference was found between the students’ year of class, whether they had heard about spiritual care, and their state of knowledge concerning spiritual care. An increase in awareness, knowledge and skills relating to spirituality and spiritual care on the part of midwifery students, who are the midwives of the future, will allow students to provide spiritual care to their patients after they qualify. For this reason, the education program of midwifery students should be seen from a holistic standpoint in order to develop spiritual care.


Midwifery students Perceptions spirituality Spiritual care Turkey 



We are grateful to the midwifery students who took part in this study. We would like to thank Safak Daghan and Ayla Bayık Temel for permitting us to use the SSCRS.

Author Contributions

GM, HOC, and MD designed the study, collected and analyzed the data, and prepared the manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Standards

All procedures in this research were performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Ethical Approval

Before commencing the study, written approval was obtained from the Scientific Ethics Committee of Ege University (approval dated June 23, 2017, Issue: 217-2017) and from the institution where the data were collected. Written permission to use the scale was obtained by email from Ergül.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all those who participated in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gulengul Mermer
    • 1
  • Mahide Demirelöz Akyüz
    • 2
  • Hafize Ozturk Can
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Health Nursing, Department of Public Health NursingEge UniversityBornovaTurkey
  2. 2.Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of MidwiferyEge UniversityBornovaTurkey

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