Adolescent pregnancy and early marriage: a human rights violation

  • Sezgin UA & al.
  • Arch Womens Ment Health
  • 6 Apr 2019

  • International Clinical Digest
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Takeaway

  • 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.

Key results

  • 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.

Study design

  • 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.

Limitations

  • Results may not be generalizable.