THE GENETIC BACKGROUND OF SOUTHERN IRANIAN COUPLES BEFORE MARRIAGE
Nariman A, Sobhan MR, Savaei M, Aref-Eshghi E, Nourinejad R, Manoochehri M, Ghahremani S, Daliri F, Daliri K,*
*Corresponding Author: Dr. Karim Daliri, Department of Human Genetics, Behbahan Faculty of Medical Sciences, Bashir Boulevard, Behbahan, Iran. Tel: +98-9374140937. Fax: +98-9374140937. E-mail: karimdaliri@ gmail.com
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RESULTS

Our study included a total of 500 couples. The participants ranged in age from 14 to 49 years old (mean age 24.8 5.2 years) and they all were of Southern Iranian origin. More than 70.0% had at least a high school diploma or an academic degree, and about 50.0% were employed. The area of residence was rural for 28.0% of the participants and metropolitan for 72.0%. Almost one quarter (23.4%) of the couples were consanguineous. Consanguinity was more common in rural areas (33.9 vs. 19.2%, p = 0.001) as compared to urban regions. Of the couples who were related, 65.0% were first degree relatives and 35.0% were second degree or more distant relatives. As shown in Table 1, 97.0% of participants had never been referred for genetic counseling, whereas 8.2% of them reported having attended at least one genetic counseling appointment before the time of the study. The most frequent reason for previous genetic counseling was consanguineous marriage (Table 1). The results of medical history and earlier genetic tests of couples reported by respondents are summarized.



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