Consanguineous marriages in the province of Antalya, Turkey

Alper O., Eregin H., Manguoglu A. E., Bilgen T., Cetin Z., Dedeoglu N., ...More

ANNALES DE GENETIQUE, vol.47, no.2, pp.129-138, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.anngen.2003.09.001
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.129-138
  • Keywords: consanguinity, marriage/statistics population surveillance, epidemiology, Turkey, PAKISTAN, POPULATION, PREVALENCE, FREQUENCY, MORTALITY, FERTILITY, IMPACT
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


To assess the trends in the frequency and the medical effects of consanguinity in the south coast of Turkish population using local and national data in the last I I years. This cross-sectional study was carried out in Manavgat province, which is a major tourism center on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The authors studied consanguineous marriages in rural and urban population in the Mediterranean coast, Manavgat province, Turkey, via a 1500 random survey sample of married couples. There has been a significant increase in the incidence of consanguineous marriages in rural areas (40.7%) since 1989 in the southern population of Turkey. The results showed that the most frequent type of marriage was between the first cousins. It is found that there is no statistically significant difference between the consanguineous and non-consanguineous marriages in the different age groups. The results were discussed on the basis of educational status, reasons for having consanguineous marriages and the general medical effects as well as with the relation of congenital malformations. The custom of consanguineous unions in the Mediterranean population of Turkey is still extremely high, and preventive measures should be done to decrease its frequency and associated complications. (C) 2003 Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.