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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 2607-2611

Perception of premarital counseling among King Khalid University students

1 Department of Family and Community Medicine; Department of College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Family Medicine, Najran University, Najran, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Anatomy, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Faisal Saeed Al-Qahtani
Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_364_19

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Background: Genetic blood disorders are common in Arab countries which are related to many physical and mental disorders. Premarital counseling has been one of the strongest ways to prevent hereditary diseases. It can provide a capability to intervene according to identified risks, vaccinations, genetic consulting, nutrition, consulting regarding behavior and advice regarding contraception. This study aimed to assess university students' knowledge, attitude and practice of pre-marital counseling (PMC) in king Khalid University. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted at King Khalid University in Abha city from May to August 2018. The students were selected using two stage stratified cluster sampling technique (medical and non-medical). A total sample of 541 students were included. A structured questionnaire with close-ended questions was designed by the authors following an extensive review of the literature on knowledge, practice, and attitude of premarital screening program. The questionnaire was developed in English and then translated to Arabic by experts at the College of Medicine. Results: A total sample of 541students were involved with ages ranged from 18 years to 27 years old and 56.6% at medical colleges. Exact 73.4% of the students were aware of PMC and 95.2% reported its importance. 96.5% of the students reported their welling to do PMC on marriage and 72.1% see that it should be mandatory. Conclusions: Nearly three out of each four students had good awareness level regarding PMC. Most of the students have a positive attitude towards PMS and their readiness to adopt the counseling before marriage.

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