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Consanguinity in north Jordan: prevalence and pattern

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2008

Mahmoud Al-Salem
Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
Nayel Rawashdeh
Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan


The rate of consanguineous mating in north Jordan was 63·7% with an average inbreeding coefficient of 0·0283. First cousin marriages were the most predominant type (58·5%); villagers showed higher levels than city dwellers. The level of female education did not influence consanguinity rate.

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