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Attitudes toward female circumcision among Somali immigrants in Oslo: a qualitative study

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Women's Health, January 2012
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Title
Attitudes toward female circumcision among Somali immigrants in Oslo: a qualitative study
Published in
International Journal of Women's Health, January 2012
DOI 10.2147/ijwh.s27577
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Abdi A Gele, Bernadette Kumar, Karin Hjelde, Johanne Sundby

Abstract

Due to its negative impact on public health, female circumcision (FC) has gained increased attention from international communities and the Norwegian public in recent decades. In 1995, the Norwegian government outlawed the practice and simultaneously developed a package of measures aimed at preventing and ultimately eradicating FC in Norway. Like many other Western countries, immigrants of Somali descent constitute the largest immigrant group in Norway from countries with FC traditions. Although this immigrant group is often perceived as a cultural society that supports FC generally as a practice, there appears to be a lack of studies that explore the impact of acculturation and the Western social context on Somali immigrants' attitudes toward the practice. Against this background, this paper explores the attitudes of Somalis living in Oslo, Norway to the practice of FC. Findings from this qualitative study indicate that Somalis in Oslo have, to a large extent, changed their attitude toward the practice. This was proven by the presence in Oslo of a large number of Somali parents who left their daughters uncut as well as Somali girls, boys, men, and women who attribute being uncircumcised a high status. This study adds to the knowledge of the process of abandonment of FC among immigrants in the Western countries. The study highlights the success that has been achieved in improving attitudes toward the practice of the Somali community in Oslo, Norway, as well as emerging challenges that need to be addressed further.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 2%
Unknown 54 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 13 24%
Researcher 10 18%
Student > Bachelor 9 16%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 11%
Other 11 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 17 31%
Medicine and Dentistry 13 24%
Psychology 7 13%
Unspecified 7 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 11%
Other 5 9%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 July 2019.
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#2,050,499
of 13,887,444 outputs
Outputs from International Journal of Women's Health
#96
of 538 outputs
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#17,791
of 123,037 outputs
Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Women's Health
#8
of 36 outputs
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