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Egyptian women's attitudes and beliefs about female genital cutting and its association with childhood maltreatment
Department of Non-Communicable Diseases Control, Ministry of Health (HQ), Muscat, Oman.
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
2007 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 270-276Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aimed to establish Egyptian women's attitudes and beliefs about female genital cutting (FGC) or mutilation by applying a questionnaire module about violence to a subsample of 5249 married women from a total of 19 474 women who participated in the 2005 Egypt Demographic Health Survey. Women were interviewed to determine if they had been exposed to marital violence in the year prior to the survey, their attitudes and beliefs about FGC, and if they physically abused their children. The association of beliefs about FGC with maternal physical abuse was examined, adjusting for exposure to marital violence and other socio-demographic variables. Of the women surveyed 16.4% and 3.4% had been exposed to physical and sexual violence, respectively, during the year prior to the survey. Around 76% of the women surveyed intended to continue the FGC practice, and 69.8% had slapped or hit their children during the year prior to the survey. Holding positive beliefs about the practice of FGC or intending to continue it was associated with maternal physical abuse and this has significant implications for health and welfare workers in Egypt and for society in general.

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Carlton, Vic, Australia: Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Vol. 9, no 4, p. 270-276
Keywords [en]
child discipline, Egypt, genital cutting, genital mutilation, physical abuse, violence against women
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-1944DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2007.00366.xISI: 000253849100006PubMedID: 17958676Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-35548987459Local ID: 2082/2339OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-1944DiVA, id: diva2:239162
Available from: 2008-09-22 Created: 2008-09-22 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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