The Nation's First Comprehensive
Child Marriage Research Library
We're centralizing research from around the globe to make information more accessible.
When we first started looking into the child marriage crisis in America, we had an incredibly difficult time finding information. Although research has been conducted on child marriage in both the United States and around the world, this information is spread across different journals and is not always accessible to the public.
Part of our mission at Students Against Child Marriage is to increase awareness of this important issue, its prevalence, causes, and consequences. But child marriage doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It’s motivated by the patriarchal society we live in and is one of many forms of exploitation young women face around the world. Issues like teen pregnancy, educational attainment, and various other forms of gender-based violence share a common cause with child marriage, and these issues often intersect in complex webs of relationality.
By centralizing research on child marriage and these related subjects, our goal is to provide information for researchers and activists alike, to push for a greater understanding of these complex social issues in society at large, and to create meaningful change for women and girls around the world that is grounded in compassionate and survivor-centered research.
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A Characterization of World Union Patterns at the National and Regional Level
Ortega, José Antonio
Population Research and Policy Review
A Child's First Book About Marriage God's Way Is Always Best
American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States
Journal of the History of Sexuality
Between Choice and Obligation: An Exploratory Assessment of Forced Marriage Problems and Policies among Migrants in the United States
Marcus, Anthony; Begum, Popy; Alsabahi, Laila; Curtis, Ric
Social Policy and Society
Blaming Culture for Bad Behavior
Book Reviews: Passion, Poverty and Travel: Traditional Hakka Songs and Ballads
McLaren, Anne E
The China Quarterly
Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley
Child Marriage Facts and Figures. International Center For Research On Women
International Center for Research on Women
Child Marriage in the United States and Its Association with Mental Health in Women
Le Strat, Yann; Dubertret, Caroline; Le Foll, Bernard
American Acadamy of Pediatrics
Child Marriage Is Rare in the U.S., Though This Varies by State
McClendon, David; Sandstorm, Aleksandra
Pew Research Center
Childhood Experiences of Sexual Violence, Pregnancy, and Marriage Associated With Child Sex Trafficking Among Female Sex Workers in Two US–Mexico Border Cities
Boyce, Sabrina C, MPH; Brouwer, Kimberly C, PhD; Triplett, Daniel, MPH; Servin, Argentina E, MD; Magis-Rodriguez, Carlos, MD; Silverman, Jay G, PhD
American Journal of Public Health
Clinic Access and Teenage Birth Rates: Racial/Ethnic and Spatial Disparities in Houston, TX
Wisniewski, Megan M; O'Connell, Heather A
Social Science & Medicine
Consequences of Teenage Parenting
Nord, CW; Moore, KA; Morrison, DR; Brown, B; Myers, DE
American School of Health Association
Determinants of Adolescent Fertility in Malawi
Palamuleni, Martin E
Gender & Behaviour
Deviant (M)others: The Construction of Teenage Motherhood in Contemporary Discourse
Wilson, H; Huntington, A
Cambridge University Press
Use our advanced database search to find exactly what you're looking for!
The Comprehensive Child Marriage Research Library is still under construction and is a living and evolving database. Please see our Research Library Roadmap for further insight into our plans to grow the included research over time.
Our database currently consists of several dozen objects that have been carefully chosen because of their intersections with child marriage in America. These range from scholarly articles explicitly exploring child marriage in the United States or the practice in other nations of comparable nature to America, to datasets and scholarship concerning key related subjects. We're in the process of speaking with authors to acquire re-publication permission to break down even greater accessibility barriers. For now, we indicate whether a free, full-text PDF is presently available on another website or the best link to pay for or use institutional access. We have additionally summarized the articles as they relate to our advocacy.
The simple search above will search across several of the major object parameters. Select "Advanced Search" to add up to five additional fields to narrow your results. If you have or know of research that hasn't been included in this library, please email to be included!