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Minimum marriage age laws and the prevalence of child marriage and adolescent birth: evidence from sub-Saharan Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-25 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T16:35:00Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T16:35:00Z
dc.date.issued 2016-01-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1672
dc.description.abstract The relationship of national laws that prohibit child marriage with the prevalence of child marriage and adolescent birth is not well understood. Data from Demographic and Health Surveys and from the Child Marriage Database created by the MACHEquity program at McGill University were used to examine the relationship between laws that consistently set the age for marriage for girls at 18 or older and the prevalence of child marriage and teenage childbearing in 12 Sub-Saharan African countries. Countries were considered to have consistent laws against child marriage if they required females to be 18 or older to marry, to marry with parental consent and to consent to sex. Associations between consistent laws and the two outcomes were identified using multivariate regression models. Four of the 12 countries had laws that consistently set the minimum age for marriage at 18 or older. After adjustment for covariates, the prevalence of child marriage was 40% lower in countries with consistent laws against child marriage than in countries without consistent laws against the practice (prevalence ratio, 0.6). The prevalence of teenage childbearing was 25% lower in countries with consistent minimum marriage age laws than in countries without consistent laws (0.8). CONCLUSION: Our results support the hypothesis that consistent minimum marriage age laws protect against the exploitation of girls. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Alan Guttmacher Institute en
dc.subject CHILD MARRIAGE en
dc.subject SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA en
dc.subject HUMAN RIGHTS en
dc.subject CHILD WELL-BEING en
dc.subject REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH en
dc.subject GIRLS en
dc.subject PREGNANCY en
dc.title Minimum marriage age laws and the prevalence of child marriage and adolescent birth: evidence from sub-Saharan Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 41(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2015/16 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health en
dc.PlaceOfPublication New York, USA en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8953 en
dc.PageNumber 56-68 en
dc.outputnumber 7745 en
dc.bibliographictitle Maswikwa, B., Richter, L.M., Kaufman, J. & Nandi, A. (2015) Minimum marriage age laws and the prevalence of child marriage and adolescent birth: evidence from sub-Saharan Africa. <i>International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health</i>. 41(2):56-68. en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Maswikwa, B. en
dc.contributor.author2 Richter, L.M. en
dc.contributor.author3 Kaufman, J. en
dc.contributor.author4 Nandi, A. en


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