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Mapping risk and resilience to mental health consequences of child marriage in Zimbabwe
This study is the first known study on the mental health consequences of child marriage in the Southern African Development Community. This study will be conducted in Zimbabwe, where 1 in 3 girls are married before the age of 18. Using interviews and conversations with stakeholders in the wider community such as teachers, cultural leaders and health professionals, we will identify the elements which explain how child marriage and the socioeconomic challenges which Zimbabweans face, can affect mental ill-health. Our primary aim is to map and assess pathways of risk, resilience and coping for mental health conditions in families and communities where the occurrence of child marriage is high. This project will allow us to gain a better understanding of how child marriage contributes to poorer mental health outcomes, not only among women and girls, but also their families and wider communities. We will develop locally relevant interventions to prevent and support mental health issues associated with this phenomenon in Zimbabwe, to be piloted and evaluated in future studies.
2 Researchers
2 External Collaborators
  • Dr Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda
    Rozaria Memorial Trust - Zimbabwe
  • Dr Solomon Mombeshora
    Women's University in Africa - Zimbabwe
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