Effects of early marriage on socio-economic status of women in Senendet Sub-County Bukwo District

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social science
The study investigated the effects of early marriage on the socio-economic status of women in Senendet sub-county, Bukwo District. The objectives of the study were; to examine the causes of early marriages in Senendet sub-county, to establish the specific effects of early marriages on social economic status of women in Senendet sub-county, and to determine the socio economic status of women in Senendet sub-county, Bukwo District. The sttidy used both the quantitative and qualitative research approaches; the quantitative approach consisted of descriptive designs such as descriptive co-relational to establish the effects of early marriages on the socio-economic status of women, cross sectional design and descriptive comparative design whereas the qualitative approach consisted of survey and case study designs. To ensure confidentiality of the information provided by the respondents and to ascertain the practice ofethics in this study, the following activities were implemented by the researcher: Sought permission to adopt the standardized questionnaire on community participation in a written communication to the author. The researcher distributed 133 questionnaires were retrieved and correctly filled and answered. This gave a retrieval rate of 100%. according to Amin (2004). if die response rate is more than 70%, this is enough to carry on and continue with data analysis. According to the research findings, the researcher revealed that early marriages in Senendet S/C is catised by poverty, parental influence. Religion. Culture and peer influence. The research further more revealed thai 57% of respondents were female and 47% were male because the research was Ièmale based among whom 45% were married. 30% single, 15% separated and 10% had already experienced divorce majority of which had married at tender age especially women. In relation to early marriage. majority of teenage mothers had a negative attitude towards early marriage as in the figure (chapter four, 4.4.2) From the lindings, the results showed that the majority of the respondents agreed that Religion influences early marriages before age of 18 years with a mean of 2.78 although some of the respondents had different views as shown by the standard deviation of 1.542. From the findings presented in chapter four. the following are the recommendations. The government should set-up laws prohibiting teenage marriage to protect children from getting matted at their tender age.
A research report submitted to the faculty of humanities and social sciences the partial fulfillment of the requirements of tile award bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration of Kampala International University
Early marriage, Socio-economic status, Women, Bukwo District