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  1. ICRW policy advisory on child marriage

    The paper discusses a widespread problem of child marriage - a marriage that occurs before the age of 18: child marriage is a human rights violation; causes and health consequences of child marriage; and actions to end child marriage.

  2. Too young to wed : the lives, rights and health of young married girls

    The report examines issues related to early marriage and offers policy and programmatic recommendations to end practice, which is widespread despite laws and agreements forbidding it.

  3. Trends in marriage and early childbearing in developing countries

    The report presents the findings of an international comparative analysis of age at marriage and age at first birth, marital instability, informal unions, and teenage reproductive behaviour, with emphasis on trends over the past decade. For some trend analyses, this review is limited to countries where DHS surveys were conducted between 1990 and 2002.

  4. Reproductive health-seeking by married adolescent girls in Maharashtra, India

    In India, most adolescent girls 15-19 years old are married. A study was conducted in 1995-97 in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, India to gain insight into whether and how their reproductive health needs are met, especially for gynaecological problems, family planning and perceived fertility problems. It included a survey among 302 married girls of this age, and in-depth interviews with 74 girls, 37 husbands and 53 mothers-in-law. Girls were treated quickly for illnesses interfering with domestic work and were expected to conceive in the first year of marriage. …

  5. Early marriage: child spouses

    This issue of Digest focuses on early marriages that take place under the age of 18 - the upper limit for protection under the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. It examines the practice in all regions and the harmful impact of early marriage on children and society and offers positive guidelines to end the practice of early marriage.

  6. Reaching newlywed and married adolescents

    This paper concentrates on the questions of "How many adolescents are married and bearing children?", "What are the benefits of reaching newlywed and married adolescents?", "What are the barriers to reaching married adolescents?", "What successful strategies can be used to reach married adolescents?", "What are the outstanding needs for improving services for married adolescents?"

  7. Sexualité des adolescents : tendances récentes en milieu rural sénégalais

    This study presents the trend with regard to age at first intercourse of men and women in rural Senegal. The start of the sexual life of men proved to be early for the young generations. The start of sexual life of women, on the contrary, appeared to be somewhat later, in one of the sites. These results confirm that of another study carried out in another rural zone in Senegal. The underlying factors seem to be the early puberty of boys, the contact with the urban culture through education, migration and the changes of norms with regard to sexuality. The rise of the age of marriage of men, combined with an earlier start of sexual life, leads to a longer period wherein the risk of non desired pregnancies exists. It is thus important to implicate boys in the prevention actions with regard to sexual and reproductive health.

  8. A Teenage Parenting Guide: Helpful Hints for you and your family Plus A toolkit of people and organisations who can help you

    This book contains basic life skills education for teenagers and parents from dealing with adolescence, sex, teenage preganancy, abuse, nutrition and addiction to human rights, conflict in the home, marriage and legal and financial issues.

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