The Effects of Effects of Early Marriage

7026 Words Nov 8th, 2009 29 Pages
CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGBROUND OF THE STUDY.

Marriage is found in all cultures. It is a process by which individuals select their life partners. It is an old institution which regulates the term upon which male and female reproduce according to well defined and acceptable social norms.

This project undertaken would study one aspect of marriage, which is seen as a social problem in contemporary Nigerian society: namely early marriage. The study will try to find out its probable causes and effects with particular reference to Akatta, a town in Oru-East local government area of Imo state.

It is the view of the researcher that early marriage continues to increase daily in spite of the awareness being created by governmental and
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It is hoped that the study will acquaint men and women especially those yet to marry with the implication of early marriage.

Practically, this study will also enable government, parents, and guidance, village and town leaders to take appropriate steps in solving the problems posed by the problems of early marriage today. This will enable them to find out the correct age at which a man or a woman ought to get married so as to live in harmony with their partners for life. It will also help the government to take up the task of enlightening the people on how to consult them for the handling of some conflicting situations that might erupt between parents and children instead of outright sending of their daughters to marry prematurely.

1.6. DEFINITION OF CONCEPTS

The under listed terms have the following meaning(s):
Early- early simply means the period or time between the appointed times.
Marriage- marriage is a union or life contract between a male and a female for the purpose of procreation and socio-physical satisfaction of one another.
Early marriage- early marriage means marriage of people who have not attained the world wide accepted age of 18 as the age of maturity. David Knox (1975:50) defined early marriage as a marriage before 20 for female and 22 for male, while Burchinal (1964:49) on his view see early marriage as being one in which at least a spouse especially the girl is not yet 19 or 20 years of age.
Causes – causes means what produces an