Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Aims: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of consanguineous marriages and the associated factors in the city of Malatya. Materials and Methods: Thirty cluster survey methodology was used to select the study population. Selecting 13 married women per cluster, a total of 409 women were interviewed at their home. Information on the sociodemographic and fertility characteristics of the women and genetic disorders among children was gathered using a face-to-face questionnaire. Data analysis was done by SPSSWIN 13.0. Results: The overall prevalence of consanguinity was 28.4%, with a mean inbreeding coefficient of 0.01081. The principal type of consanguineous marriage was first-cousin marriages, which account for 74.2% of all consanguineous unions. There was no association between consanguinity and sociodemographic characteristics of the participants. Consanguineous marriages had significantly more spontaneous abortions, infant deaths and children with a genetic disorder (P


Consanguineous marriage, inbreeding, birth defects

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