Characterization of the Consanguinity in the Moroccan Population of Doukkala
- 1 Department of Health Sciences and Technologies, Hassan First University of Settat, Higher Institute of Health Sciences, Morocco
- 2 National Laboratory of the Scientific and Technical Police of Casablanca, Morocco
- 3 Institut de Criminalistique de la Gendarmerie Royale, Rabat, Morocco
Consanguinity, or the practice of marrying close relatives, is a prevalent phenomenon in many parts of the world, including North Africa. It seems to offer psychological, social, economic, and cultural advantages for couples and their families. In Morocco, the situation of this marital behavior is far from being closely defined. The objective of this research endeavor is to furnish a comprehensive depiction and critical examination of the frequency and trends of consanguinity within the Moroccan population of Doukkala. To investigate the prevalence and patterns of consanguineous marriage in the Doukkala region, a cross-sectional study was conducted in 2019. A structured questionnaire was administrated through face-to-face meetings. The data collected were on place of birth and residence and kinship between the spouses in the case of consanguineous marriage. A sample consisting of 1408 couples was selected randomly from the Doukkala region. The consanguinity rate in this population reaches 26.56% (α = 0.019). The predominant consanguineous union found in the study was the marriage of first cousins. A temporal analysis reveals that consanguinity has experienced a substantial decrease in prevalence, with rates declining from 29.69 to 22.96% over the course of the previous century. The studied population places significant importance on this particular marital behavior within their social imagination and it has yet to be effectively reduced.
Copyright: © 2023 Abderrazak El Khair, Noura Dahbi, Khadija Cheffi, Jalal Talbi, Abderraouf Hilali and Hicham El Ossmani. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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