Purpose: Case load in working setting, excessive working hours, encountering with traumatic incidents frequently, concern of being sued might increase the level of stress for midwives and affect their psychological resilience negatively. The present study was conducted to identify the effect of secondary traumatic stress level of midwives on psychological resilience.
Methods: The study was a descriptive study conducted in 2020 with midwives assigned at delivery rooms of State hospitals in Türkiye.
Results: Every one out of three midwives was identified to meet all the criteria regarding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It was also identified that those midwives who are young, single, experiencing dissatisfaction in their profession, having more working hours and shifts monthly had higher secondary traumatic stress scores (p<0.05). Psychological resilience of those midwives working at clinics with higher numbers of delivery was determined to have higher level of psychological resilience (p<0.05). It was also stated that as the secondary traumatic stress level scores of midwives increased, their psycological resilience scores decreased accordingly.
Conclusion: Every one out of three midwives’ being met all the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder criteria can not be underrated. Midwives, in the risky group in terms of traumatic stress and psychological resilience, should be followed closely and supported in advance.