Understanding child marriage in Ghana: The constructions of gender and sexuality and implications for married girls

Sarfo, Elizabeth Anokyewaa ; Yendork, Joana Salifu ; Naidoo, Anthony Vernon (2020-01-23)

CITATION: Sarfo, E. A.; Yendork J. S. & Naidoo, A. V. 2022. Understanding child marriage in Ghana: the constructions of gender and sexuality and implications for married girls, child care in practice, 28(2): 228-241. doi:10.1080/13575279.2019.1701411

The original publication is available at https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/cccp20

The PhD degree for this article is available at http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/108194


Child marriage is the practice of marrying an individual below 18 years. The drivers of this practice include poverty, gender inequality, cultural and religious norms among others. While Ghana is one of many countries worldwide in which child marriage is practised, the literature on cultural underpinnings and implications of the practice in Ghana is sparse. This paper aims to discuss how constructions of adolescence, gender and sexuality in Ghana affect the practice of child marriage. It further examines the implications of child marriage for married girls and argues for research into the causes and mental health implications of the practice.

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