- Adolescent pregnancy (AP) and early marriage (EM) are associated with increased risk for mental health disorders.
Why this matters
- WHO considers AP and EM a violation of women's rights and a global injustice.
- 90% of AP and EM occur in low- and middle-income countries; over 700 million girls are married before 18 years of age.
- 46.8% of participants were married at 16-19 years.
- Women who gave birth very early had higher levels of anxiety (P<.021 and illness compared with women who delivered at an older age.>
- Women who delivered at a very early age and older than 25 years had a higher risk for depression than women who delivered between ages 20 and 25 years (P<.0001>
- Partner violence was associated with EM and AP.
- Cohort was obtained from the population of women living in Eastern Anatolia; field workers entered every third house and asked one women to join the project (n=1569).
- Data were collected over 1-2 hour visits.
- The first aim was to examine if and how AP and EM are associated with women's current mental and somatic health problems.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- Results may not be generalizable.