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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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The black shield in the Nigerian Coat of Arm represents the _____.

A. Strength of Nigeria

B. Pride of Nigeria

C. Dark complexion of Nigerians

D. Dignity of Nigeria

E. Fertile soil of Nigeria

F. Beauty of Nigeria

Which of the following is not a Nigerian National Symbol?

  • A. The Nigerian Flag

  • B. The Nigerian National Anthem

  • C. The Nigerian National Pledge

  • D. The Nigerian Naira (NGN)

  • E. The Nigerian National Identity Card

  • F. None of the above

Concerning drug trafficking, which of the following statement is incorrect?

  • A. Drug trafficking is synonymous to drug possession

  • B. Drug trafficking is a criminal act under the constitution of a state

  • C. The use of trafficked drugs can jeopardize one's health

  • D. Drug trafficking is defined as the transfer, selling, importing or exporting of illegal drugs from the point of production to the final consumers

  • E. LSD, cannabis and crack are examples of drugs trafficked

  • F. None of the above

The following statements are true concerning conflict except _____.

  • A. It arises from the differences between nations, schools and places of work

  • B. It can be eliminated from a society

  • C. It can be reduced in an organization when communication is clear and concise

  • D. It is characterised by exchange of words and hostilities

  • E. Setting conflict guidelines can help reduce conflict in an organization

  • F. None of the above

The acronym CCTV means _____.

  • A. Camera Circuit Television
  • B. Closed-Circuit Televison
  • C. Closed Camera Television
  • D. Camera-Circuit Televison
  • E. Closed-Camera Televison
  • F. None of the above

The acronym BC means _____.

  • A. Before the birth of Christ
  • B. Before Jesus Christ
  • C. Before the coming of Christ
  • D. Before the death Christ
  • E. Before Christ
  • F. Before the resurrection of Christ

Which of the following acronym is related to the Nigerian Lawyer?

  • A. LAMATA
  • B. NUJ
  • C. SAN
  • D. NLC
  • E. NCC
  • F. NLA

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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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