alexa Knowledge and attitudes towards premarital counselling and examination.
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Arts and Social Sciences Journal

Author(s): Eshra DK, Dorgham LS, elSherbini AF

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Abstract Premarital counselling and examination have begun to play a very important role in the management of many genetic disorders. 600 villager's knowledge and attitudes toward premarital counselling and examination in Menofia Governorate was studied in order to predict the community acceptance and behaviour toward utilization of such service. The result showed a big lack in knowledge even among educated respondents about the term. The main source of information was mass media followed by medical personnel who should participate more in this service. Most respondents, except unmarried males, have a favourable attitude toward either premarital counselling and examination or consanguinous marriage. This may be related to certain social changes in village life such as declining illiteracy, increased economic pressures, increase number of nuclear families and accordingly delay in beginning a family. It was unlikely that non-contraceptive users would resort to induced abortion rather to use contraceptive methods. Educational programs should be directed toward: (a) unmarried males so that their attitude toward premarital counselling and examination can be changed to correct direction, (b) unmarried females to make consanginous marriage more undesirable, and (c) non-contraceptive users to make them more intended to use safe contraceptive methods than induced abortion. PIP: Premarital counseling and examination have begun to play a very important role in the management of many genetic disorders. 600 villagers knowledge and attitudes toward premarital counseling and examination in Menofia Governorate, Egypt was studied in order to predict the community acceptance and behavior toward utilization of such service. The results showed a big lack of knowledge even among educated respondents about the term. The main source of information was mass media followed by medical personnel who should be more involved in this service. Most respondents, except those unmarried males, have a favorable attitude toward both premarital counseling and examination of consanguineous marriage. This may be related to certain social changes in village life such as declining illiteracy, increased economic pressures, increase in the number of nuclear families, and a subsequent delay in beginning a family. It was unlikely that noncontraceptive users would resort to induced abortion instead of contraceptive methods. Educational programs should target: unmarried males so that their attitude towards premarital counseling and examination can be altered to change direction; unmarried females in order to deter them from consanguineous marriage; and noncontraceptive users to make them choose safe contraceptive methods rather than induced abortion.
This article was published in J Egypt Public Health Assoc and referenced in Arts and Social Sciences Journal

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