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Vol. 8, Issue 8 (2019)

Determinants of factors contributing to early marriage among rural women in Meghalaya: A Community-based study

Author(s):
Dr. KH. Ringsuachong Aimol
Abstract:
Early marriage is particularly prevalent in rural communities including in Meghalaya, India. This study was aim to understand the factors contributing to early marriage among Garo women in Meghalaya. A community-based study encompassing nine villages within the Gambegre block of West Garo Hills was included in the study. Primary data was collected from 300 married women aged 16 to 40 years. Findings reveal poor quality education as a significant factor leading many adolescents to drop out of school and subsequently opted for early marriages. Moreover, premarital sexual relationships and permissive parenting styles are other identified contributing factors. Cultural norms and societal expectations also shape marriage practices, with marriage often perceived as a pathway to economic support. The study underscores the urgent need for comprehensive interventions addressing education, reproductive health, parenting, and socio-economic disparities to empower adolescents in making informed decisions about their futures. Efforts to improve educational quality, enhance access to reproductive health services, and promote positive parenting practices are crucial in tackling the pervasive issue of early marriage in rural communities like Meghalaya.
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How to cite this article:
Dr. KH. Ringsuachong Aimol. Determinants of factors contributing to early marriage among rural women in Meghalaya: A Community-based study. Pharma Innovation 2019;8(8):446-449.

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