Prevalence and Risk Factors of Consanguineous Marriage
Fariba Heidari 1 * , Saeed Dastgiri 1 2, Rahman Akbari 3, Zhila Khamnian 1, Elham Khanlarzadeh 1, Maryam Baradaran 1, Soheila Jabbary-Fam 4, Shafigheh Badrazar 4, Mohammad Heidarzadeh 5, Nazila Tajaddini 2
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1 Department of Community and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Tabriz, Iran2 Tabriz Health Services Management Research Centre,Tabriz, Iran3 Deputy of Information Technology,Tabriz, Iran4 Premarital counseling Centre,Tabriz, Iran5 Pediatric Health Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran* Corresponding Author


Consanguineous marriage is a global health problem with several health-related and social adverse outcomes. In this study we aimed to identify the prevalence and epidemiologic features of consanguineous marriage. This case-control study was carried out at the premarital advisory centers in Tabriz city in the North-West of Iran. The participants consisted of 1532 subjects (766 couples) with166 couples as the case group. The one year occurrence rate of consanguineous marriage was 13.80%. After adjustment for other variables, age at marriage for both women (OR=0.90, 95%CI=0.86-0.94) and men (OR=0.87, 95%CI=0.82-0.93), and level of knowledge for both women and men were significantly related to consanguineous marriage. Father’s profession, participant's level of income, and parent’s consanguinity were independent predictors of consanguineous marriage in men but not in women. The frequency of consanguineous is still high, so it seems necessary to design and implement special preventive interventions including multi-level educational programs in order to address the problem.


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EUR J GEN MED, 2014, Volume 11, Issue 4, 248-255

Publication date: 15 Oct 2014

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