OPINIONS OF SYRIAN MIGRANT WOMEN ON CHILDHOOD MARRIAGE: A QUALITATIVE STUDY

Abstract

Author(s): Eda YAKIT AK, Erg羹l ASLAN

In this study, women who emigrated from Syria to Turkey and the reasons for early marriages were performed in order to determine their views on this issue. The descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted with qualitative research method. She was selected by random sampling among Syrian migrant women who applied to a non-governmental organization. The sample consisted of 17 women over the age of 18 who were married before 18 years of age. Data were collected using a semi-structured questionnaire using individual in-depth interviews. Communication was provided through an interpreter and the interviews lasted 45 minutes on average. The data were analyzed by thematic analysis method and 4 main themes and sub-themes were determined. The mean age of the women was 26.52 ± 11.91 years. Five of the women had six primary education and none were working. Early marriages were found to be a tradition in Syria and the first age of marriage is at least 13 years old. They stated that early marriage had negative effects on social life and increased household responsibilities. Having a child with the expectation of the family and spouse prevents women from living their own childhood. In addition, having many children is not considered positive due to economic difficulties. Women are against the early marriage of girls and they support the completion of the education process. Syrian migrant women get married at an early age. Young girls struggle with the problems and responsibilities of early marriage. Due to these marriages, women have physical, mental and social problems.

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