Context: Consanguineous marriage is a traditional habit in Arab countries leading to higher autosomal recessive genetic disorders.
Aim: To study the effect of premarital counseling regarding consanguineous marriage on nursing students' perception and satisfaction.
Methods: A quasi-experimental design was used to achieve the aim of this study. The study was conducted in the Faculty of Nursing, Ain Shams University, on all third-year unmarried students (178 students). Three data collection tools were used: An Arabic structured interviewing questionnaire, an attitude assessment Likert scale, and a student's satisfaction assessment questionnaire.
Results: The study indicated that nearly three-fourths of the studied sample had total correct knowledge and a positive attitude regarding consanguineous marriage post-intervention. Also, the majority of them satisfied with the application of counseling sessions regarding consanguineous marriage.
Conclusions: A significant improvement of student's perception after counseling sessions was revealed. All students were satisfied with the clarity of the guidelines and teaching methods, and media used. Based on this finding, the study recommended integrating premarital counseling concepts regarding consanguineous marriage at undergraduate university education curriculum.
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