Association between adolescent marriage and intimate partner violence: a study of young adult women in Bangladesh

Asia Pac J Public Health. 2014 Mar;26(2):160-8. doi: 10.1177/1010539511423301. Epub 2011 Oct 5.


This study explores the association between adolescent marriage and intimate partner violence (IPV) among young adult women using 2007 Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey data. The analyses are restricted to young women 20 to 24 years old. Logistic regression analyses are constructed to estimate the odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals for the association between adolescent marriage and IPV in the past year.

Results: show that there is a strong significant relationship between adolescent marriage and experience of physical IPV in the past year among this population. Association between sexual IPV and adolescent marriage is insignificant. Adolescent marriage puts women at increased risk of physical IPV into their young adult period. Government agencies need to enforce existing law on the minimum age at marriage to reduce IPV among adolescent and young adult girls.

Keywords: Bangladesh; adolescent marriage; intimate partner violence.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Bangladesh
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Marriage / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Factors
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult