Volume 1, Number 3 (Autumn 2014)                   JECH 2014, 1(3): 47-53 | Back to browse issues page



DOI: 10.20286/jech-010350

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Ataee M, Karimzadeh-Shirazi K, Ahmadi-Jouybari T, Karami-Matin B, Aghaei A, Zinat-Motlagh F. Cognitive Predictors of Cousin Marriage Among Couples Visiting Counseling Centers in Kohgiluyeh-Boyer Ahmad Province. JECH. 2014; 1 (3) :47-53
URL: http://jech.umsha.ac.ir/article-1-50-en.html

1- Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Development Center, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran.
2- Associate Professor, Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran.
3- Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, School of Health, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences. Kermanshah, Iran.
4- MSc, Department of Epidemiology, School of Health, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
5- MSc, Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran. , motlaghf@yahoo.com
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Background and Objectives: Giving birth to a child with disabilities is two-three times more likely in consanguineous marriages. Due to the various negative consequences of such marriages, this study aimed to determine the cognitive predictors of consanguineous marriages. 

Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, convenience sampling was applied to select 516 people who visited four different marriage counseling centers in Kohgiluyeh-Boyer Ahmad Province. A self-report questionnaire was administered to collect data. Bivariate correlations and logistic regression analysis were performed to analyze the data in SPSS-20. 
Results: The mean age of the respondents was 23.43 ± 3.96 years (range: 15-30 years). About 43.4% of the participants had married a relative. Regression analysis suggested subjective norms (OR = 1.304) and cultural factors (OR = 1.244) as the best predictors of cousin marriage. 
Conclusion: Considering the high rate of cousin marriage in the studied population, it is pre-marriage genetic counseling seems essential. Designing educational interventions on subjective norms and cultural factors related to cousin marriage may also be useful in reducing the rates of cousin marriages.
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Type of Study: Research Article | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/11/4 | Accepted: 2015/03/11

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