Prepared for AONDOVER E. | Delivered July 21, 2019
Early Marriage: Socio-Psychological Effects
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To eradicate or reduce the menance of teenage wives by providing information on the socio-psychological effects of early marriage among teenage wives.
Rampant in the North West and North East of Nigeria," Nigeria has the
absolute number of child brides in the world —
," according to UNICEF.
Furthermore, in 2017, Nigeria was ranked
based on the child marriage rates, "where
of girls in Nigeria are married before their 18th birthday and
are married before the age of 15."
According to research on the consequences of early girl-child marriage in Nigeria, these
include domestic violence, illiteracy, early pregnancy, health risk, and social stigma.
"Early marriage is associated with serious adverse
health and social outcomes
, including compromised sexual, reproductive, and maternal health, increased risk of depression and suicidality, greater risk of intimate partner violence, decreased social and physical mobility, and decreased autonomy in decision-making within and outside of the household."
"Early marriage also compromises girls' ability to attend school post-marriage, exposing them to an array of
adverse social and health outcomes
associated with education cessation."
"Child marriage often compromises a girl’s development by resulting in early pregnancy and
, interrupting her schooling, limiting her opportunities for career and vocational advancement and placing her at increased risk of domestic violence."
, strain on the health sector, high level of illiteracy, increased mortality rates as well as high level of divorce rates have been established as
impacts of early girl child marriages on the society."
"There are also the serious medical complications of
Rectum Vagina Fistula
(RVF) among girls, of which girls with such medical conditions are considered unclean and
by society." "In Nigeria, this condition affects
A typical survey in Kastina State, Northwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria, was random sampling where "a semi-structured self-administered questionnaire was applied in retrieving critical information from
, who were the respondents. The questionnaire covered various parameters such as literacy status, age at first marriage, education level, etc.