Child Marriage: The underlying reasons and possible solutions
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
In despite of all attention drawn to child marriage across the world, there is a lack of improvement. The object of this research is to look into under what circumstances child marriage does exist and how girls’ living conditions can be improved. Focus shall be put on child marriage in general exemplified in particular by two countries in Africa, namely Niger and Chad, who both are countries with an extremely high rate of child marriage. This is a desk study based on various reports regarding the subject in the different countries and also in general. As the theoretical framework, the sex role theory is applied in order to analyze the phenomenon. Studies indicate a great difference in the number of young married girls in comparison to boys across the globe. Even though boys can be victims of child marriage, the consequences are less severe and therefore, focus shall be put on girls only in this thesis. The number of girls entering early marriage has not been found to stagnate everywhere, but the age of when entering marriage tends to increase. In fact, child marriage has become more common in some areas. From the research it is concluded that one cannot generalize all underlying causes of child marriage, but one must be aware of the specific circumstances in the particular areas. Conclusions regarding underlying factors and correlations are further to be found and presented in the text.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 48 p.
Child marriage, Niger, Chad, Social norms
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-45021DiVA: diva2:825414
Subject / course
Peace and development
International Social Sciences Programme, specialization Global Studies, 180 credits