Exploring Female Genital Cutting Among West African Immigrants
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Although many African women immigrate to the United States from countries with high prevalence rates for female genital cutting (FGC), there has been limited research exploring the incidence and impact of FGC among this growing immigrant population. This pilot study sought to examine the experiences of FGC among West African immigrant women in the US. Of the 23 participants, 7 reported a history of FGC, with Muslim participants reporting significantly higher rates of FGC than Christians (Fisher’s Exact = .045). Most of the women who had experienced FGC were from Sierra Leone (Fisher’s Exact = .027). Limitations of the study are discussed along with suggestions for future research aimed at understanding the impact of FGC, reducing the prevalence and demand for FGC among African immigrant women and improving the health and quality of life of women who have undergone the procedure.
KeywordsFemale Genital Cutting Africans Immigrants
This research was supported by an NIMH Grant Number R25MH083602 and a Professional Staff Congress—City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Grant Number 64459-0042 awarded to Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith.
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