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Adekola, Paul Oluwatomipe and Ogundipe, Adeyemi A. (2017) HEALTH IMPLICATION OF CHILD MARRIAGE IN NORTH-EAST NIGERIA. Analele Universităţii din Oradea, Seria Geografie. ISSN ISSN 1221-1273,

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Marriage at its right time and with the right and self-selected person is one of the best things that can happen to a man. Unfortunately, as glamorous such a day of espousal would have been, child marriage has made it sour for child brides as most of them are forced into it, particularly in their mid-teens; thereby aborting beautiful and achievable life goals and future ambitions. This paper examines the factors inducing child marriage in the most endemic location in the country North-Eastern Nigeria and the health implications on victims. Primary data i.e. questionnaire andsecondary data from Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS, 2008) were used. A Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was also held with a group of child wives, all of who are less than 18 years. Results show that povertyand limited educational attainment are the two main cause of child marriage in the study resulting to different health problems. Recommendations were made to curb this infamous practice in Northeastern Nigeria as is a globally acceptable fact that delaying marriage until a lady is physically and physiologically mature improves her health.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mr. Paul Oluwatomipe ADEKOLA
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2017 10:24

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