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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TITLE
AUTHORS
TYPE
PUBLICATION
YEAR
PDF? Yes/No
A Characterization of World Union Patterns at the National and Regional Level
Ortega, José Antonio
Feature
Population Research and Policy Review
2014
Yes
A Child's First Book About Marriage God's Way Is Always Best
Ortlund, Jani
Book
CF4Kids
2018
No
American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States
Lefkovitz, Alison
Book Review
Journal of the History of Sexuality
2017
Yes
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
Journal Article
Social Policy and Society
2019
No
Blaming Culture for Bad Behavior
Volpp, Leti
Article
Editions Antipodes
2006
No
Book Reviews: Passion, Poverty and Travel: Traditional Hakka Songs and Ballads
McLaren, Anne E
Book Review
The China Quarterly
2016
No
Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley
Suzanne Finstad
Book
Crown
2006
No
Child Marriage Facts and Figures. International Center For Research On Women
N/A
Data
International Center for Research on Women
2012
Yes
Child Marriage in the United States and Its Association with Mental Health in Women
Le Strat, Yann; Dubertret, Caroline; Le Foll, Bernard
Reseach
American Acadamy of Pediatrics
2011
Yes
Child Marriage Is Rare in the U.S., Though This Varies by State
McClendon, David; Sandstorm, Aleksandra
Data
Pew Research Center
2016
Yes
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
Journal Article
American Journal of Public Health
2018
No
Clinic Access and Teenage Birth Rates: Racial/Ethnic and Spatial Disparities in Houston, TX
Wisniewski, Megan M; O'Connell, Heather A
Journal Article
Social Science & Medicine
2018
No
Consequences of Teenage Parenting
Nord, CW; Moore, KA; Morrison, DR; Brown, B; Myers, DE
Review
American School of Health Association
1992
No
Determinants of Adolescent Fertility in Malawi
Palamuleni, Martin E
Journal Article
Gender & Behaviour
2017
No
Deviant (M)others: The Construction of Teenage Motherhood in Contemporary Discourse
Wilson, H; Huntington, A
Review
Cambridge University Press
2006
No
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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 info@studentsagainst.org to be included!