An Analysis of The Impact of Early Marriages on Child’s Health Outcomes: A Longitudinal Survey Using IFLS

Seminar no. 1210
12 April 2023 Time 12.30 – 13.30 hrs.

Speaker: Mrs.Maretalinia

UNICEF defined early marriage as a formal union of female before reach age of 18. Early marriage against the human right based on the international and regional human rights agreements. The vulnerability of the early marriage was defined it as one of harmful practices against the women. Reducing the number of early marriages is one of the SDGs 5.3.1 goals in 2030. In Indonesia, the regulation concerning the early marriage is constitution number 16 in 2019 that described the minimum age for bride should be 19 or older. The data from the Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey (IDHS) 2017 revealed that 16% female aged 20 to 24 years married before age 18. It was found associated factors related to early marriage including lower educational at attainment, economic opportunities, and the women’s health. However, limited evidence found the relationship between early marriage on child health outcome. Previous studies described that early marriage has impact to domestic violence, stunting, underweight, pre-term delivery, infant mortality, miscarriage, bleeding, and maternal death. The aim of this study focusses to examine the impact of early marriage on child’s health outcome by using the longitudinal data IFLS (Indonesia Family Life Survey). The pairs of mother-and-child who had joined the survey from 2007 to 2015 will be the unit of analysis of this study.