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This article provides a contextualized picture of the underlying social and cultural factors perpetuating early marriage in rural Gambia.

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Why is it important?

Our findings suggest that the practice of early marriage in rural Gambia is associated with ethnicity and practices related to social and cultural norms. Therefore, in order to decreases marriages in rural Gambia, our findings suggest that future efforts should focus on addressing ethnic values and allaying the fears of premarital sex and loss of virginity related to delay in marriage.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing research collaborations. The article has sparked interest among students, local communities and governments authorities to know and hear more about the issues surrounding the practice early marriage in the Gambia.

Mat Lowe
Society for the Study of Women's Health (SSWH)

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This page is a summary of: Social and cultural factors perpetuating early marriage in rural Gambia: an exploratory mixed methods study, F1000Research, November 2019, Faculty of 1000, Ltd., DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.21076.1.
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