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

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

Journal of health psychology, vol.26, pp.2031-2039, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1359105319900304
  • Title of Journal : Journal of health psychology
  • Page Numbers: pp.2031-2039


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.