Socio-Demographic Factors Affecting Child Marriage in SudanAbdel Aziem A Ali1*, Ibrahim A Ibrahim2, Saeed A Abdelgbar3 and Mamoun E Elgessim1
- *Corresponding Author:
- Abdel Aziem A Ali
epartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine
Kassala University, Kassala, P.O. Box 496, Sudan
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 13, 2014; Accepted date: May 23, 2014; Published date: May 27, 2014
Citation: Ali AAA, Ibrahim IA, Abdelgbar SA, Elgessim ME (2014) Socio- Demographic Factors Affecting Child Marriage in Sudan. J Women’s Health Care 3:163. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000163
Copyright: © 2014 Ali AAA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In this study 1700 ever married women aged ≤ 35 year were approached over six months (1st December 2012 – 30th May 2013) duration to investigate the socio-demographic factors affecting child marriage in eastern, northern and western Sudan. Their mean (SD) age, age at marriage and husband age was 26.8 (1.1), 19.7 (5.3) and 38.1 (12.7) respectively. More than 1 in 5 (45.9%, 781/1700) of the interviewed women reported being married prior to age 18 year. Among the total respondents child marriage was reported in 12.9% (220/1700), 15.1% (257/1700) and 17.9% (304/1700) in Eastern, Northern and Western Sudan respectively. The highest prevalence of child marriage (marriage prior to 18 years) was reported among those of rural residence, having less than secondary education and their families having >5 members of daughters and sons. Child marriage was also more common among women whose parents and husbands have less than secondary education. The result of this study demonstrated that 45.9% of the women in Sudan continuing to be married before 18 years old thus there is critical need for health education, increased family planning use and federal effort to reduce the child marriage with special focus on the rural and less educated communities.