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The prevalence and demographic characteristics of consanguineous marriages in Pakistan

Hussain, R. and Bittles, A.H. (1998) The prevalence and demographic characteristics of consanguineous marriages in Pakistan. Journal of Biosocial Science, 30 (2). pp. 261-275.

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Abstract

Consanguineous marriages are strongly preferred in much of West and South Asia. This paper examines the prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of consanguineous unions in Pakistan using local and national data. Information from 1011 ever-married women living in four multi-ethnic and multi-lingual squatter settlements of Karachi, the main commercial centre of the country, are compared with data from the national 1990/91 Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS), based on information provided by 6611 women. Both sets of results indicate that approximately 60% of marriages were consanguineous, over 80% of which were between first cousins. The mean coefficients of inbreeding (F) in the present generation were 0

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/12572
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