Medicalization of female genital cutting in Egypt
AbstractThe medicalization of female genital cutting [FGC] has been increasing. This cross-sectional study estimated the determinants of the practice of FGC among Egyptian physicians. Responses from 193 physicians showed that while 88% of them knew at least one adverse physical or sexual consequence, 18% approved of it, mostly as a religious observation [82%]. Almost one-fifth [19%] of physicians practised FGC, mostly due to conviction [51%] or for profit [30%]. A negative correlation was found between knowledge of the adverse consequences of FGC and both approval and practice. Cultural influences were the highest determinant [81%] followed by lack of knowledge [35%]
Refaat, A. (2009). Medicalization of female genital cutting in Egypt. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117774
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 15 (6), 1379-1388, 2009
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