1.1 Background of the Study
1.2 Statement of the Problem
1.3 Purpose of the Study
1.4 Research Questions
1.5 Research Hypothesis
1.6 Significance of the Study
1.7 Limitation of the Study
1.8 Definition of Terms
2.1 Literature Review
2.2 Concept of Love in Marriage
2.3 Components to Love
2.4 Social Environment
2.5 Sexual Networking
2.6 Concept of Early Marriage
2.7 Prevalence of Early Marriage
2.8 Causes and Factors Encouraging Early
2.9 Consequences of Early Marriage
2.10 International and Domestic Law and Policies
2.11 Problems of Early Marriage
3.0 Research Method/Methodology
3.1 Research Design
3.2 Population of the Study
3.3 Sample and Sampling Technique
3.4 Instrument of Data Collection
3.5 Validity of the Instrument
3.6 Reliability of the Instrument
3.7 Administration of Instrument
3.8 Method of Data Analysis
Analysis and Discussions of the Findings
4.1 Data Presentation/Interpretation
Conclusion and Recommendations
5.4 Implications of the Study
5.6 Suggestions for Further Studies
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
is the oldest institution in the world it was instituted by God Himself in the
Garden of Eden. Marriage was not the
idea of any man. It was the original idea of God Almighty. God felt the need
for marriage and instituted it “And the Lord God said, it is not good that the
man should be alone, I will make him an help meet for him” Genesis chapter 2
then man and woman alike have always tried to live in companion of each other
because they are created social being.
can also be define as a union between a man and a woman to become husband and
wife with the above definition.
is meant for mature man and woman and not for boys and girls because they can
not yet cope with the challenges of marital life. Early marriage therefore is
define as a union of a boy and a girl and a man to become husband and wife
below the age of 18 years.
the light of this study, when a girl below the age of 18, engages herself in
marriage it is referred to as “Early Marriage”.
to correct this social problem among this group of people is the reason why
this study becomes important.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
incident of early marriage in recent time has been on the increase in Nigeria
despite all the enlightenment, campaigns and awareness through formal and
Lagos State for instance, where almost all the ethic groups in Nigeria is represented,
it is a common thing to see young girls with their children on their backs
hawking different ware in the neighbourhood. Some have become more or less baby
factories. There are still others who are maltreated and restricted by their
husbands from selling or doing any types of work that can fetch them money.
are totally dependent on their husbands and as a result of which they become
unproductive. Also most of them feel like second class citizen because their
educational background is nothing to write home about. They cannot express
themselves in the public and as a result cannot sit in where other are:
1.3 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
find out what are the perceived causes of early marriage
proffer solution to the problem associated with early marriage.
know how early marriage affect the socio-economic and educational development
of a girl-child.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
there a relationship between early marriage and socio-economic development of
there a relationship between early marriage and rapid increase in population
there a relationship between early marriage and educational development of a
there a relationship between unwanted pregnancy and early marriage.
1.5 RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS
is no significant relationship between early marriage and socio-economic
development of the family.
is no significant relationship between early marriage and rapid increase in
is no significant relationship between early marriage and educational
development of a girl child.
is no significant relationship between unwanted pregnancy and early marriage,
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
is hoped that this study will enable Nigeria parents to give equal
opportunities to the training of their children. Instead of giving the girls
away in marriage pre-maturally. It is also hoped that the study will enable
Nigeria law-makers at all levels of government to enact laws that will make
early marriage a punishable offense.
is equally hoped that the result of their study will encourage student to
abstain from early marriage or to reduce it to the minimum.
1.7 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
study will be focused on women in Yaba Local Government Area of Lagos with
special attention on women in Makoko, Iwaya and Ebute Metta area of the local
government area. However, this is also due to insufficient time and financial
constraint encountered during the study.
1.8 DEFINITION OF TERMS
the union between a man and a woman to become husband and wife.
Marriage: Is the union of a boy and a girl and a man to become
husband and wife below the age of 18 years.
Harassment: This consists of verbal or physical conduct of
a sexual nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that denies, limits or provides
Environment: As that consisting of people who have the
capacity to interact and manifest a degree of vulnerability to the variable
Marriage: This involve varying degrees of force, coercion or
deception, ranging from emotional pressure by family or community members to
abduction and imprisonment.
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