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Hearing the silences: adult Nigerian women’s accounts of ‘early marriages’

Callaghan, J., Gambo, Y. and Fellin, L. (2015) Hearing the silences: adult Nigerian women’s accounts of ‘early marriages’. Feminism & Psychology. 25(4) 0959-3535.

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Abstract: ‘Early marriage’ is a relatively common, but under-researched global phenomenon, associated with poor health, mental health, educational and occupational outcomes, particularly for young girls. In this article, we draw on qualitative interviews with 6 Nigerian women from Sokoto State, who were married between the ages of 8 and 15. The interviews explored young women’s experiences of the transition to marriage, being married, pregnancy and their understanding of the marital and parental role. Using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, we explore women’s constrained articulations of their experiences of early marriage, as they are constituted within a social context where the identity of ‘woman’ is bound up in values and practices around marriage and motherhood. We explore the complexity of ‘hearing’ women’s experiences when their identities are bound up in culturally overdetermined ideas of femininity that function explicitly to silence and constrain the spaces in which women can speak.
Creators: Callaghan, Jane, Gambo, Yaganama and Fellin, Lisa
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Research Centres > Centre for Health Sciences and Services
Research Centres > Centre for Psychology and Social Sciences
Date: 23 July 2015
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Feminism & Psychology
Volume: 25
Number: 4
Language: English
ISSN: 0959-3535
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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