Family context and khat chewing among adult Yemeni women: A cross-sectional study

Al Abed Ali Al-Abed, Rosnah Sutan, Sami Abdo Radman Al-Dubai, Syed Mohamed Al-Junid Syed Junid

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Khat chewing is associated with unfavourable health outcomes and family dysfunction. Few studies have addressed the factors associated with khat chewing among Yemeni women. However, the family and husband effects on chewing khat by women have not been addressed. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of khat chewing among Yemeni women and its associated factors, particularly husbands and family factors. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 692 adult Yemeni women in the city of Sana'a in Yemen using structured "face to face" interviews. Mean (±SD) age of women was 27.3 years (±6.10). The prevalence of chewing khat by women was 29.6%. Factors associated with chewing khat among women were chewing khat by husbands (OR = 1.8; 95% CI: 1.26, 2.53), being married (OR = 2.0; 95% CI: 1.20, 3.37), frequent family social gatherings (OR = 1.5; 95% CI: 1.06, 2.10), high family income (OR = 1.57; 95% CI: 1.12, 2.21), larger house (OR = 1.63; 95% CI: 1.16, 2.31), and age of women (OR = 0.64; 95% CI: 0.44, 0.92). It is concluded that khat chewing by women in this study was significantly associated with family factors and with khat chewing by their husbands. Urgent action is needed to control khat chewing particularly among women.

Original languageEnglish
Article number505474
JournalBioMed Research International
Volume2014
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Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Family context and khat chewing among adult Yemeni women : A cross-sectional study. / Al-Abed, Al Abed Ali; Sutan, Rosnah; Al-Dubai, Sami Abdo Radman; Syed Junid, Syed Mohamed Al-Junid.

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