The rate of consanguineous marriages among parents of schizophrenic patients in the Arab Bedouin population in Southern Israel.

@article{Dobrusin2009TheRO,
  title={The rate of consanguineous marriages among parents of schizophrenic patients in the Arab Bedouin population in Southern Israel.},
  author={Michael Dobrusin and Dahlia Weitzman and Joseph Levine and Ilana Kremer and Marcella Rietschel and Wolfgang Maier and Robert Haim Belmaker},
  journal={The world journal of biological psychiatry : the official journal of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry},
  year={2009},
  volume={10 4},
  pages={334-6}
}
Consanguinity may contribute to the incidence of schizophrenia in offspring despite the usually accepted polygenic model of schizophrenia inheritance. Bedouin Arab families in southern Israel have a high rate of cousin marriages as do families throughout most Arab societies. We studied consanguinity in the parents of schizophrenic patients admitted in a defined catchment area of southern Israel, compared to a control group of parents of all infants born to Bedouin mothers in this catchment area… CONTINUE READING

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