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How Useful are the Demographic Surveys in Explaining the Determinants of Early Marriage of Girls in Terai of Nepal?

Sah, Nepali

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In recent decades significant changes in Nepalese society have greatly contributed to the increase in age at marriage of girls in Nepal. Factors responsible for these changes include educational development, urbanization and development of mass communications. However, many parents still marry their daughters at very young ages and this practice is particularly prevalent in the Terai region. This paper examines several demographic data sets with a view to assessing their utility for...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSah, Nepali
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:29:03Z
dc.identifier.issn1443-2447
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/54724
dc.description.abstractIn recent decades significant changes in Nepalese society have greatly contributed to the increase in age at marriage of girls in Nepal. Factors responsible for these changes include educational development, urbanization and development of mass communications. However, many parents still marry their daughters at very young ages and this practice is particularly prevalent in the Terai region. This paper examines several demographic data sets with a view to assessing their utility for understanding the determinants of early age of marriage of girls in the Terai. The Nepal Family Health Survey (1996), Nepal Demographic and Health Surveys (2001, 2006), the Nepal Adolescents and Young Adults Survey (1999) and the 2001 Population Census of Nepal describe changes in at marriage over time. Factors such as sex, religion, education, geographic region, place of residence (rural/urban), economic status of the household and of women, and occupation are included in these data sets. However, other factors such as age at menarche, dowry and cost of marriage and cross-border marriage migration, which have been found to affect the prevalence of the lower age at marriage of girls in the Terai region, have not been included in the existing demographic surveys. Findings from the current study suggest that these variables should be included in future demographic surveys.
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.sourceJournal of Population Research
dc.subjectKeywords: conference proceeding; data set; demographic survey; educational development; marriage; urbanization; Asia; Eurasia; Nepal; South Asia; Tarai Age at first marriage; Demographic surveys; Determinants of age at marriage; Dowry; Early marriage; Marriage migration; Menarche; Nepal; Terai
dc.titleHow Useful are the Demographic Surveys in Explaining the Determinants of Early Marriage of Girls in Terai of Nepal?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume25
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor160301 - Family and Household Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9406909xPUB308
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSah, Nepali, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage207
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage222
local.identifier.doi10.1007/BF03031949
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:58:46Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-65649146830
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