Health Awareness and Consequences of Consanguineous Marriages: A Community-Based Study

Joseph, Nitin and *, Keshava Pavan K and *, Keerthan Ganapathi and *, Apoorva P. and Sharma, Parul and *, Jai Aditya Jhamb (2014) Health Awareness and Consequences of Consanguineous Marriages: A Community-Based Study. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

Objectives: This community-based study was done to assess the awareness of people regarding the ill effects of consanguinity and to observe its association with various sociodemographic variables and complications among children. Methods: Houses were chosen by systematic random sampling method and any married person in each household was interviewed. Results: Only 35 (18.7%) out of 187 participants were aware of health hazards associated with consanguineous marriages. The prevalence of consanguineous marriages was found to be 23 (12.3%). History of consanguineous marriage was seen significantly more among illiterates (P = .05) and respondents with parental history of consanguinity (P < .001). The mean age at marriage was found to be significantly lower among women married consanguineously (P = .05). Congenital anomalies (P = .02) and low birth weight (P = .05) was seen significantly more among children with parental history of consanguinity. Conclusion: Large-scale awareness campaigns are needed to address the ill effects of this seemingly innocuous cultural practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: awareness, congenital anomalies, consanguineous marriages, health hazards, prevalence
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2014 07:26
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2014 07:26
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/141405

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