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The influence of consanguineous marriage on infant and child mortality among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
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PMID:  14960888     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this paper is to explore the characteristics of mortality differences associated with consanguineous marriage among Palestinians in the Middle East. METHODS: The data came from five surveys of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, conducted during the period 1995-2000. Infant and child mortality was estimated for the offspring of consanguineous and non-consanguineous parents using the synthetic cohort method. RESULTS: The data showed an increase in infant mortality of 15.0 additional deaths per 1,000 births among the offspring of first cousins, and a corresponding increase of 6.1 deaths per 1,000 for the progeny of parents from the same patrilineal clan. CONCLUSION: In populations where marriage within kin groups is common, both first cousin marriage and intra-group marriage carries an added risk of infant and child mortality.
Authors:
J Pedersen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community genetics     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1422-2795     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Genet     Publication Date:  2002  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-02-12     Completed Date:  2004-03-02     Revised Date:  2004-06-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9810770     Medline TA:  Community Genet     Country:  Switzerland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  178-81     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Fafo, Institute for Applied International Studies, Oslo, Norway. Jon.Pedersen@fafo.no
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