Health and Ideations of Married Female Adolescents

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Population Council/Breakthrough RESEARCH

This brief provides rigorous evidence-based insights to social and behavior change (SBC) program implementers and researchers seeking to improve health-related knowledge, attitudes, norms, and behaviors of married female adolescents.

The brief focuses on married adolescents’ uptake of services and health knowledge in Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara states in northwestern Nigeria. Findings show that married female adolescents ages 15–19 differ from their older counterparts in nearly all health behaviors. Ideational factors—particularly knowledge of the benefits of health services and self-efficacy to act—appear to explain much of these differences.

This is one of a series of briefs that present findings from a Breakthrough RESEARCH study in Nigeria that uniquely captures data on a wide range of psychosocial drivers of behavioral outcomes in the areas of family planning, malaria, and maternal, newborn, and child health, and nutrition.

Last Updated: 

September 19, 2021