Comparison of Health status among married and unmarried girls of late adolescent age in an urban slum of Delhi





Late Adolescent Age; Early Marriage; Health Status

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  • Sujata Gupta Municipal Corporation Medical College & Hindurao Hospital, Delhi
  • Neha Taneja Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  • Vinoth Gnana Chellaiyan Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Kelambakkam, Chennai, TamilNadu
  • Fasna Liaqathali Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Nellikuppam, Kanchipuram, TamilNadu


Background: Late adolescent girls are being forced into marriage and the burden of marital responsibilities, most notably partner’s sexual demands and childbearing and child-rearing, led to significant emotional distress and depression. Thus, early marriage for girls might have profound impact on their health status. Aims & Objectives: To study impact of early marriage on health status of married girls of late adolescent age and to compare them with unmarried girls of same age. Material & Methods: A comparison study was conducted among girls of late adolescent age in an urban slum of North East Delhi. One sixty study participants were included in each group. A pretested interview schedule was used for collecting details such as knowledge on reproductive health, physical parameters and anemic status. Chi square tests were used and odds ratio was calculated. Results: Majority of married girls, 102(63.8%) had middle school education while 93(58.1%) of unmarried girls had high school education. The mean (SD) age of marriage of married adolescent girls was 17(±) years while their husband age at time of marriage was 21.6(±) years. Levels of hemoglobin were low in both groups 87.5% in married girls and 98.75% in unmarried girls. Conclusion: Early marriage was found to have impact on menstruation, reproductive health and nutritional status of adolescent girls.

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Gupta S, Taneja N, Chellaiyan VG, Liaqathali F. Comparison of Health status among married and unmarried girls of late adolescent age in an urban slum of Delhi. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2019 Jun. 30 [cited 2022 Oct. 6];31(2):185-92. Available from:


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