Social Studies

Child marriage and its consequences

len Alfred Ajibola - 01st November, 2020 @ 02:29 PM

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Academic Questions in Social Studies

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Twitter is a part of our social environment.

  • A. True

  • B. False

The following are objectives of social studies except _____.

  • A. It teaches morals and values

  • B. It enables us to better understand our environment

  • C. It creates national consciousness

  • D. It assists in producing upright citizens

  • E. It promotes the military form of government

  • F. It fosters judicious use of resources

Which of the following is not a natural cause of environmental problem?

  • A. Tsunami

  • B. Deforestation

  • C. Earthquake

  • D. Drought

  • E. Hurricane

  • F. Tornado

Conflict can simply be defined as a clash of interest.

  • A. True

  • B. False

_____ refers to a personal reflection of one's overall self worth.

  • A. Integrity

  • B. Reputation

  • C. Personality

  • D. Self-esteem

  • E. Psychoanalysis

  • F. Attributes

A type of marriage whereby a christian man marries a muslim woman is termed _____ marriage.

  • A. Faith

  • B. Religious

  • C. Denominational

  • D. Interfaith

  • E. Intrafaith

  • F. Church-Mosque

_____marriage is said to exist between couples who have lived together for a very long time with no prior form of marriage.

  • A. Open

  • B. Convinience

  • C. Trial

  • D. Left Handed

  • E. Companionate

  • F. Common Law

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The above image is considered a part of harmful traditional practices. The following are similar examples of such practices except _____.

  • A. Sharo

  • B. Wuuse

  • C. Female Genital Mutilation

  • D. Widowhood

  • E. Breast Ironing

  • F. Child Marriage

What is child marriage?

Child marriage may be defined as a formal or an informal union between a child below the age of 18 and another person who can either be an adult or a child.

Child marriage has its root in gender inequality, culture and tradition, illiteracy and poverty; as they have all played major roles in fostering it.

You can read on the forms of marriage here.

Most of the child marriages occur between the girl child and a man. This can have devastating effects on the girl child. For this reason, child marriage is considered as one of the harmful traditional practices in social studies.

Harmful traditional practices is defined as those forms of acceptable cultural practices which has an overall negative effect on its victims which include boys, girls, women, men and infants; thus obstructing their fundamental human rights and gender equality.

Please read more on harmful traditional practices here.

Child marriage must be discouraged since it always affect negatively the child involved. Regardless, it is practiced more in some rural communities in Africa; and is generally considered as an abuse on a child's fundamental human rights.

Please read more on your fundamental human rights here.

Since the young females (below age 18) are always the victim of a child marriage, they are therefore robbed of their childhood and are made to forcedly live with a man they never knew. Apparently, the affected girl child forced into the so-called child marriage was never ready for such in the first place.

You can read on gender equality and ways to achieve it here.

Note: A boy child married to an adult woman is also an instance of child marriage.

A 2018 data from UNICEF showed that about 21 percent of young women globally (20 to 24 years of age) were married as children (child marriage). However, this percentage value keeps decreasing as the years go by; and that's a good thing.


Consequences of child marriage

Child marriage should by condemned. Below are consequences or effects of child marriage:

  1. There is a high chance of the child dropping out of school; and this may prove devastating for the rest of the child's life.
    You can read on the consequences of illiteracy and solutions to illiteracy here.

  2. Child pregnancy may likely result from a child marriage. This may lead to pregnancy related issues for the girl child involved; and in some cases, death.

  3. The baby conceived in a child marriage may be born prematurely; and may die as a result. This can have traumatic effects on the mental health of the girl child.

  4. The spouse may sexually abuse and even rape the child involved in child marriage.

  5. There is a higher chance of being beaten by their spouse especially when a girl child is involved in such marriage.
    You can read on cooperation and factors that promotes cooperation here.

  6. The young girl may become a slave in the marriage because she has little or no say in terms of decision making.
    You can read on the concept of division of labor here.

  7. The child may run away from the marriage when they come to their senses; thus resulting into a failed marriage. The chances of a divorce in child marriage is about 70 - 80 percent.
    Please read more on failed marriages here.

  8. When the girl child realizes that she's supposed to be in school like her peers, she may become stigmatized, depressed and left with little or low self-esteem.
    Please read on low self-esteem and its causes here.

  9. Early fatherhood may result when a boy is involved in child marriage. In addition, he may go into crime in an attempt to support his family.
    Please read on reputation here.

  10. Medical reports suggest that child marriage has been associated with higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.
    You can read on the male reproductive system here.

  11. The girl child (in child marriage) may have vagina tear and fistula during child birth as a result of intense labour. The girl child may also contract diseases during this process.
    Please read more on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and it's consequences here.

  12. Child marriage increases the chances of a psychiatric disorder in children. They also have a higher risk of developing antisocial personality disorder.

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Social Studies is defined as an integrated study on the interaction of human beings with their physical and social environments.

We can think of our environment as everything that surrounds us at any point in time. For instance, the soil, air, your clothes, phone and everything surrounding you right now are all part of your environment. (That is, they make up your environment).

Physical environment describes every visible thing around us. It could be water, air, soil, clothes, phones or all other things found around us.

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  • Tornadoes

  • Hurricanes

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  • Deforestation

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  1. Communication

  2. Set conflict guidelines

  3. Encourage collaboration and teamwork

  4. Proper recruitment process

  5. Promote social events

  6. Applying fair treatment

  7. Listening and understanding skills

  8. Private opinion and feedback from staff

  9. Gender equality

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