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Child Marriage: An Overview of Its Detrimental Effects and Strategies Aimed at Prevention

Publication Year: 
2020
Personal Author: 
Janetta Deppa
Corporate Author: 
ICF
Page Count: 
12

This research brief will discuss the prevalence of child marriage, including the potential for violence and exploitation as well as some of the long-term, detrimental effects of marrying young. It will highlight the socioeconomic, family, religious, and cultural circumstances that can leave children vulnerable. Additionally, this brief will examine legal loopholes and inconsistencies within state laws that permit child marriages, even when they are not in the best interests of the child. It will also identify legal, policy, and social strategies that can be taken to reduce the harmful effects of child marriage and provide support to those affected.

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