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description Conference paper public 4th International Conference on Public Health 2018

Determinants of Early Marriage in Musi Rawas, South Sumatera

Nesi Novita, Heni Sumastri, Suprida Suprida
Published 29 August 2018

Abstract

Background: There are numerous problems a couple can face when marriage happens at an early age, to name just a few of them: (1) Psychological and emotional stress stemming from forced sexual relations, denial of freedom and personal development, as household chores now become a priority; (2) Maturity issue as the little girl is now expected to play the role of a mother. This study aimed to determine factors associated with early marriage in Musi Rawas, South Sumatera. Subjects and Method: A cross sectional study was conducted in Musi Rawas, South Sumatera. A sample of 193 newly married women were selected for this study. The dependent variable was early marriage (marital age ≥20 years versus <20 years). The independent variables were unintended pregnancy, maternal education, parental income, and parental religious belief. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by a multiple logistic regression. Results: The risk of early marriage increased with unintended pregnancy (OR= 2.55; p= 0.044), low maternal education (OR= 3.71; p= 0.028), low parental income (OR= 4.76; p= 0.017), and un-favorable parental religious belief (OR= 4.11; p= 0.016) Conclusion: The risk of early marriage increases with unintended pregnancy, low maternal education, low parental income, and unfavorable parental religious belief.

Keywords: early marriage, unintended pregnancy, maternal education, parental income, parental religious belief.

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