Prevalence of adolescence marriage in conscripts of Turkish Armed Forces

Prevalence of adolescence marriage in conscripts of Turkish

Armed Forces

E. Gocgeldi1, B. Bakir1, S. Gungor2, A. Akyuz3, C. Acikel1, M. Gulec1, M.

Hasde1, T. Kaya3

1Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Dept. Public Health, Ankara,

Turkey, 2Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Dept. Obstetrics & Gynecology,

Ankara, Turkey, 3Gulhane Military Medical Academy, School of Nursery, Ankara,


Background In Turkey Marriage is very important from a demographic

perspective because besides being prevalent throughout the country almost all

births occur within marriage. Data collected between April 2004 and January 2006

within the scope of Reproductive Health Project of Turkish Armed Forces has been

considered a valuable source to determine prevalence of marriages and certain

characteristics of married conscripts who were involved in reproductive Health


Methods Data of 484.949 cases from the Database of Reproductive Health

Program of Turkish Armed Forces was analyzed. Of all the cases, 36.468 were

married and descriptive analyses were carried on these cases.

Results The

overall rate of married conscripts was 7.5%. Of all married soldiers, 70.8% had

been married before the age of 20. Those who married between 20-24 and 25-29

were found as 12.2% and, 11.4% respectively. Primary school graduates

constituted the largest group with 37.2% among married soldiers. When all

participants were took into account, married soldiers formed 14.0%, 8.2%, 5.9 %,

6.1%, and 11.1% of respective educational levels as not completed primary

school, primary school, secondary school, high school, and higher education. The

distribution of married conscripts’ last residence before the onset of military

service was as follows according to the geographic regions; 27.9% Western region,

23.6% Central region, 11.0% South region, 9.3% Northern region, 26.5% East


Conclusion Since the soldiers in higher education level are older than

the others, marriages can be considered normal for them. When conscripts with

higher education level were excluded, adolescence marriages were common in

conscripts with lower educational level.

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