Child marriage, climate vulnerability and natural disasters in coastal Bangladesh

Asadullah, M. Niaz and Islam, Kazi Md Mukitul and Wahhaj, Zaki (2021) Child marriage, climate vulnerability and natural disasters in coastal Bangladesh. Journal of Biosocial Science, 53 (6). pp. 948-967. ISSN 0021-9320, DOI

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This study examined the nature and correlates of child marriage in eight villages in climate-affected coastal Bangladesh using a mixed-methods approach: focus group discussions and in-depth qualitative interviews of female victims of child marriage as well as quantitative data collected using structured interviews of households. More than two-thirds of the qualitative survey respondents had encountered at least one event of natural disaster before marriage. Quantitative data confirmed significantly higher exposure to flood and river erosion among the coastal population. The quantitative data also suggested a positive association between shocks related to climate events and the incidence of child marriage, while the qualitative data indicated multiple themes related to the causes of child marriage, such as economic vulnerability, coping with risk and patriarchal norms. Yet the qualitative study respondents did not directly refer to natural disasters and climate changes when narrating their marital histories. The qualitative and quantitative evidence does not suggest that dowry-related factors are leading to early marriage. Rather, child marriage appears to be a coping strategy adopted by households in response to their increased vulnerability to natural disasters.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Australian Government[66396]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Early marriage;Climate change;Dowry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculty of Economics & Administration
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2022 06:04
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2022 06:04

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