Factors Associated With Early Marriage in Deli Serdang, North Sumatera

Surisna Okrianti


Universitas Sumatera Utara



Background: Early marriage, or child marriage, is defined as the marriage or union bet­ween two people in which one or both parties are younger than 18 years of age. Glo­bally, according to UNICEF, 36% of women aged 20-24 were married or in a union, for­ced or consensual, before reached 18. This study aimed to determine the factors as­so­cia­ted with early marriage in Deli Serdang, North Sumatera.

Subjects and Method: This was a case control study carried out in Bangun Purba, Deli Serdang, North Sumatera. A total of 120 married women was selected for this stu­dy. The dependent variable was early marriage. The independent variables were fa­mi­ly per­ception and social-economic status. The data were collected by questionnaire and ana­lyzed by multiple logistic regression.

Results: The likelihood of early marriage was directly increased with unfavorable fa­mi­ly perception (OR= 5.55; 95% CI= 2.22 to 13.89; p= 0.001) and low social-econo­mic sta­­tus (OR= 7.81; 95% CI= 3.18 to 8.18).

Conclusion: Early marriage increases with unfavorable family perception and low so­cial-economic status.

Keywords: family perception, social-economic status, early marriage

Correspondence: Surisna Okrianti. Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, North Sumatera. Email: suris­nafkmusu15@gmail.com.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2019.04.54


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