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Being bullied as a midwifery student: Does age matter?
Clinical placement is a compulsory component of midwifery education and a time when some midwifery students become targets of workplace bullying. An anonymous, online qualitative survey was used to collect data from two contrasting groups of purposively recruited UK and Australian midwifery students that responded to a call for experiences of bullying while on clinical placement. Participants in group were either aged between 18–21 years (n=20) or over 43 years of age (n=20). The data collected from each group was thematically analysed and compared. While younger midwifery students have an additional power disadvantage compared to their older counterparts, the pattern of bullying experience between the two groups was remarkably similar.Younger students however, experience more verbal and overt forms, and are more likely to respond passively to the experience. Results are discussed in terms of impact on individual welfare and the viability of the profession. © 2020 MA Healthcare Ltd. All rights reserved.