Adult mortality and children’s transition into marriage

Type Journal Article - Demographic Research
Title Adult mortality and children’s transition into marriage
Volume 9
Issue 42
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Page numbers 1551-1574
Adult mortality due to HIV/AIDS and other diseases is posited to affect children through a number of pathways. On top of health and education outcomes, adult mortality can have significant effects on children by influencing demographic outcomes including the timing of marriage. This paper examines marriage outcomes for a sample of children interviewed in Tanzania in the early 1990s and re-interviewed in 2004. We find that while girls who became paternal orphans married at significantly younger ages, orphanhood had little effect on boys. On the other hand, non-parental deaths in the household affect the timing of marriage for boys.

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