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Married Life and Health among Youth in India: Evidences from Youth in India Situation and Need

Author Affiliations

  • 1International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai-400088 India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (7), Pages 1-9, July,14 (2016)

Abstract

In general, married people are healthier than those who are not married across a wide array of health outcomes. In India, adolescent girls account for a little more than one fifth of the population; however, 31 percent of the girls got married at a very young. Thus, health is a function of not only medical care but also of economic and cultural factors. The young girls have to fulfill the responsibilities of multiple roles and in this process; they ignore their own health and nourishment. This paper examines prevalence of general health problems like high fever, skin problem, asthma problem and, genital infection among married men and women. Youth in India study, a sub nationally representative survey, help us to explore this dimension minutely. We have also examined extent of mental ill health using indicators of General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and perception about happy married life among men and women. Prevalence of morbidity was generally more for women than men in all states. Fever was reported by 35 percent of married women in southern states, while significantly higher proportion women suffered from genital infection northern states. The mean mental ill health score was less than three (12 represent maximum score) for all states. Higher wealth quintile, better education, relatively higher age at marriage, spousal interaction before marriage, love marriage, better inter-spousal communication and nonviolence in marital life were major determinant of a happy married life.

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