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a life not chosen: early marriage and mental health

Adolescent Wellbeing and Youth Development, Adolescents and Youth, Child Marriage, Health, Violence Against Women and Girls

Publication Author: Mara Steinhaus, Neetu John

Marrying early, particularly at very young ages, is associated with poorer mental health among adult women in Niger and Ethiopia. This research brief analyzes this association based on data collected from nationally representative surveys conducted in the two countries in 2016. Given the large numbers of adult women who were married as children and may therefore be at risk of poorer mental health, this represents a significant gap in our knowledge.

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