Identification of maternal attitudes and knowledge about newborn screenings: a Turkey sample

Kadiroğlu T., Altay G., Akay G., Bayrak Ç. C.

JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY GENETICS, vol.14, no.3, pp.1-7, 2023 (ESCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12687-023-00659-7
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-7
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


This study was planned to determine maternal attitudes and knowledge about newborn screening. The universe of the descriptive study consisted of postpartum mothers living in the centers of three provinces in the north and east of Turkey. The sample included mothers who were older than 18 years of age, who could read and write Turkish, whose babies were in the 24th and 72nd hour after birth, and who volunteered to take part in the study. The study was completed with 407 mothers. The data were collected with the face-to-face interview method by the researchers using the “Descriptive Information Form” and the “Maternal Attitudes and Knowledge Survey about Newborn Screening.” The results showed that 40.3% of the mothers were between the ages of 25 and 30 years, 52.8% received information about newborn screening, 61.1% received this information during pregnancy (27.3% in the first trimester and 33.8% in the last trimester), and most of the information was provided by a healthcare professional (77.8%). Mothers with only one child (p = .001) and those with nuclear families (p = .024) were found to have lower maternal attitudes and knowledge about newborn screening. The study showed that the level of knowledge of Turkish mothers about newborn screening is inadequate in general. In particular, the knowledge and attitudes of mothers with nuclear families, those with one child, and those not having regular check-ups during pregnancy are inadequate. Improving mothers’ understanding of screening tests will lead to more successful screening program implementation and earlier detection and care of newborns with a disease.