Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy in Nigeria

May 2020 | JRMMS

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Published: 29 May 2020


Child marriage is one of the leading causes of teenage pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy is a situation whereby a female child is pregnant in her teenage. This study reviews the major causes, consequences, and solutions that can be enacted to end child marriage as one of the means to reduce teenage pregnancy to its barest minimum. Gender bias promotes the early marriage of girls. Lack of education, religious hurdles and barriers, myths and misconceptions about early marriage, insecurity, pressures from older members of the family and community, provision for heirs to the throne, hatred for girl-child in a patriarchal society and a kind of disobedience are some of the causes of child marriage. Implications of child marriage and teenage pregnancy include complications during childbirth, termination of the child's education, domestic violence, and reduction in the economy, and lack of basic amenities and care. Quality education is the major key to end child marriage. Enacting legal laws against child marriage will indirectly reduce the rate of teenage pregnancies.


Domestic violence, Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF), Teenage pregnancy, Child marriage

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