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Gaceta Sanitaria

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JIMENEZ-RUIZ, Ismael; ALMANSA MARTINEZ, Pilar  and  PASTOR BRAVO, María del Mar. Male perceptions of sequelae associated with female genital mutilation. Gac Sanit [online]. 2016, vol.30, n.4, pp.258-264. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2016.03.009.

Objective: To explore men's knowledge of the negative consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM) to women's health in countries where this practice is performed. Methods: A qualitative methodology was used with an ethnomethodological approach. Both individual and group semi-structured interviews concerning FGM were conducted with 25 men, selected by triple sampling. A study presentation letter was provided to participants, together with an informed consent declaration. Permission was also procured to record the interviews in audio format. Data analysis was performed using the Atlas Ti7 software. Results: Those participants against FGM are aware of the range of complications this practice can cause, being able to identify physical, obstetric, psychological, sexuality and social consequences in women subjected to FGM. However, those men who are in favour display a general ignorance of the problems resulting from this practice. Conclusions: Participants from countries where FGM is performed who are against this practice are more aware of the negative consequences than those who claim to be in favour. The design of awareness-raising programmes and other tools to combat female genital mutilation must highlight the implications for women's and girls' health, and include family-targeted campaigns which involve men in the process of eradicating this practice.

Keywords : Female circumcision; Qualitative research; Transcultural nursing; Men.

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