Early Marriage in South Wollo and East Gojjam Zones of the Amhara Region, Ethiopia
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 2, March 2014, Pages: 11-16
Received: Feb. 15, 2014;
Published: Mar. 10, 2014
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Kerebih Asrese, Bahir Dar University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Mulunesh Abebe, Bahir Dar University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
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Early marriage has profound physical, intellectual, psychological and emotional impacts and reduces educational opportunities and the chance for personal growth for both boys and girls. This study investigated the prevalence of early marriage in South Wollo and East Gojjam zones of the Amhara Region in Ethiopia. Data were collected from 769 respondents (476 females and 293 males) who were randomly selected from two zones. Structured questionnaires, focus groups and in-depth interviews were used for data collection. Percentages and Chi-square were used for analysis. The results revealed that early marriage is prevalent in the study areas. Its incidence was higher in East Gojjam(87%) than South Wollo(80%) and much higher for females (83%) than males (17%). Early marriage experience across age cohorts shows a revival of the practice. Hence, legal campaigns against early marriage that allow full community participation are recommended.
Early Marriage, South Wollo, East Gojjam, Amhara Region, Ethiopia
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Early Marriage in South Wollo and East Gojjam Zones of the Amhara Region, Ethiopia, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Vol. 2, No. 2,
2014, pp. 11-16.
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