Evaluation of child marriage in a Turkish sample: 8 years' data

Karci C. K. , Ray P. C. , YOLGA TAHİROĞLU A. , AVCI A. , GÜL ÇELİK G. , ÇEKİN N. , ...Daha Fazla

JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 2020 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


This study aims to examine 167 adolescents who were referred by courts between 2008 and 2016 to prepare medical-legal reports on their suitability for marriage. Most were illiterate or graduates of primary/secondary school; only 17 (10.2%) were still at high school. A total of 95 girls (56.9%) had a religious marriage without a civil certificate, 63 girls (37.7%) were pregnant, and 15 (9%) had a child. According to medical reports, 91 of the girls were considered unsuitable for marriage; 76 girls who were pregnant and/or had a child were also considered unsuitable, so it was necessary to let the judge decide.