Health Awareness and Consequences of Consanguineous Marriages

A Community-Based Study

Nitin Joseph, K. Keshava Pavan, Keerthan Ganapathi, P. Apoorva, Parul Sharma, Jai Aditya Jhamb

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-127
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of primary care & community health
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2015

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Marriage
Consanguinity
Health
Low Birth Weight Infant
Spouses

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  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Joseph, Nitin ; Pavan, K. Keshava ; Ganapathi, Keerthan ; Apoorva, P. ; Sharma, Parul ; Jhamb, Jai Aditya. / Health Awareness and Consequences of Consanguineous Marriages : A Community-Based Study. In: Journal of primary care & community health. 2015 ; Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 121-127.
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