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Child marriage and associated outcomes in northern Ghana: a cross-sectional study

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, February 2018
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Child marriage and associated outcomes in northern Ghana: a cross-sectional study
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BMC Public Health, February 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12889-018-5166-6
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Richard de Groot, Maxwell Yiryele Kuunyem, Tia Palermo


Child marriage is a human rights violation disproportionately affecting girls in lower- and middle-income countries and has serious public health implications. In Ghana, one in five girls marry before their 18th birthday and one in 20 girls is married before her 15th birthday. This paper uses a unique dataset from Northern Ghana to examine the association between child marriage and adverse outcomes for women among a uniquely vulnerable population. Baseline data from on ongoing impact evaluation of a government-run cash transfer programme was used. The sample consisted of 1349 ever-married women aged 20-29 years from 2497 households in the Northern and Upper East regions of Ghana. We estimated a series of ordinary least squares (OLS) and logistic regression models to examine associations of child marriage with health, fertility, contraception, child mortality, social support, stress and agency outcomes among women, controlling for individual characteristics and household-level factors. Child marriage in this sample was associated with increased odds of poorer health, as measured by difficulties in daily activities (OR = 2.08; CI 1.28-3.38 among women 20-24 years and OR = 1.58; CI 1.19-2.12 among women 20-29 years), increased odds of child mortality among first-born children (OR = 2.03; CI 1.09-3.77 among women 20-24 years) and lower odds of believing that one's life is determined by their own actions (OR = 0.42; CI 0.25-0.72 among women 20-24 years and OR = 0.54; CI 0.39-0.75 among women 20-29 years). Conversely, child marriage was associated with lower levels of reported stress (regression coefficient = - 1.18; CI -1.84--0.51 among women 20-29 years). Child marriage is common in Northern Ghana and is associated with poor health, increased child mortality, and low agency among women in this sample of extremely poor households. While not much is known about effective measures to combat child marriage in the context of Ghana, programmes that address key drivers of early marriage such as economic insecurity and school enrolment at the secondary level, should be examined with respect to their effectiveness at reducing early marriage. Registered in the Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations (RIDIE) on 01 July 2015, with number RIDIE-STUDY-ID- 55942496d53af .

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Unknown 332 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 60 18%
Student > Bachelor 34 10%
Researcher 31 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 31 9%
Lecturer 22 7%
Other 58 17%
Unknown 96 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 65 20%
Nursing and Health Professions 61 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 34 10%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 17 5%
Arts and Humanities 10 3%
Other 47 14%
Unknown 98 30%

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