Association between female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa

Ahinkorah BO, Hagan Jr. JE, Seidu A-A, Bolarinwa OA, Budu E, Adu C, Okyere J, Archer AG, Schack T (2022)
Journal of Biosocial Science: 1-12.

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Ahinkorah, Bright Opoku; Hagan Jr., John ElvisUniBi; Seidu, Abdul-Aziz; Bolarinwa, Obasanjo Afolabi; Budu, Eugene; Adu, Collins; Okyere, Joshua; Archer, Anita Gracious; Schack, ThomasUniBi
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**Abstract**
Two commonly linked harmful practices that negatively impact the health of girls and women in sub-Saharan Africa, and threaten their development and quality of life, are female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage. The central focus of the study was to investigate the association between female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. Data from the most recent Demographic and Health Surveys of twelve sub-Sahara African countries were pooled. A total of 14,748 women aged 20–24 were included in the study. A multilevel logistic regression analysis was employed, with reported adjusted odds ratios (aORs) and associated 95% confidence intervals (CIs). The overall prevalence of FGM in the twelve countries was 52.19%, with the highest prevalence in Guinea (97.17%). The overall prevalence of girl-child marriage in the twelve countries was 57.96%, with the highest prevalence in Chad (78.06%). Women who had never experienced female genital mutilation were less likely to experience girl-child marriage (aOR=0.76, CI=0.71–0.82) compared with those who had ever experienced female genital mutilation. Age 24 (aOR=0.47, CI=0.43–0.52), secondary/higher level of education (aOR=0.31, CI=0.28–0.35), richest wealth quintile (aOR=0.56, CI=0.47–0.66), exposure to mass media (aOR=0.81, CI=0.74–0.88) medium community literacy level (aOR=0.63, CI=0.57–0.69) and low community socioeconomic status (aOR=0.67, CI=0.49–0.92) were found to be protective against girl-child marriage. The findings reveal that female genital mutilation is associated with girl-child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. The continued practice will adversely affect the reproductive health outcomes of girls in the sub-region. Policies aimed at eliminating female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage should focus on compulsory basic education, poverty alleviation and increasing access to mass media. Further, campaigns should cover more communities with lower literacy levels and medium socioeconomic status.
Erscheinungsjahr
2022
Zeitschriftentitel
Journal of Biosocial Science
Seite(n)
1-12
ISSN
0021-9320
eISSN
1469-7599
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2961074

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Ahinkorah BO, Hagan Jr. JE, Seidu A-A, et al. Association between female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Biosocial Science. 2022:1-12.
Ahinkorah, B. O., Hagan Jr., J. E., Seidu, A. - A., Bolarinwa, O. A., Budu, E., Adu, C., Okyere, J., et al. (2022). Association between female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Biosocial Science, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021932021000687
Ahinkorah, B. O., Hagan Jr., J. E., Seidu, A. - A., Bolarinwa, O. A., Budu, E., Adu, C., Okyere, J., Archer, A. G., and Schack, T. (2022). Association between female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Biosocial Science, 1-12.
Ahinkorah, B.O., et al., 2022. Association between female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Biosocial Science, , p 1-12.
B.O. Ahinkorah, et al., “Association between female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa”, Journal of Biosocial Science, 2022, pp. 1-12.
Ahinkorah, B.O., Hagan Jr., J.E., Seidu, A.-A., Bolarinwa, O.A., Budu, E., Adu, C., Okyere, J., Archer, A.G., Schack, T.: Association between female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Biosocial Science. 1-12 (2022).
Ahinkorah, Bright Opoku, Hagan Jr., John Elvis, Seidu, Abdul-Aziz, Bolarinwa, Obasanjo Afolabi, Budu, Eugene, Adu, Collins, Okyere, Joshua, Archer, Anita Gracious, and Schack, Thomas. “Association between female genital mutilation and girl-child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa”. Journal of Biosocial Science (2022): 1-12.

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