A mixed methods study on child marriage in the Gambia

Adriana Kaplan Marcusán, Beatriz Escaño Valentí, Júlia Perarnau Moles, Segga Sanyang, Salieu J. Kandeh

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Child marriage is a human rights violation that is often rooted in strong gender inequalities (UNICEF, 2022). This article presents the results of a mixed methods study conducted in The Gambia, deepening understanding of why the practice remains widespread throughout the country and in West and Central Africa, which have one of the highest levels of child marriage in the world. The study explores the arguments and factors that come into play to defend or take a position against child marriage, establishing for this the differences between knowledge, attitudes and practices and taking into account different variables such as age, gender, ethnicity and region of residence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)0026-48
Number of pages23
JournalHumanities and social science research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Child marriage
  • The Gambia
  • Knowledge
  • Attitudes
  • Practices


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