Oxford: Young Lives, 2018. 96 p.
This report presents findings from a qualitative sub-study exploring adolescent girls and young couples’ experiences of marital and fertility decision-making in two southern Indian states (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana). Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are among the top states reporting high adolescent fertility: 12 and 11 per cent of young women age 15-19 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, respectively, were already mothers or pregnant when surveyed in 2015/16. This research was carried out as part of Young Lives, a longitudinal study of childhood poverty that traced the life trajectories of 3,000 children (in two age groups) and their households located in these states, over a 15-year period. By age 18, around 30 per cent of girls in the Young Lives study had married, and 23 per cent of these married girls had also become mothers. The study objectives were: Generate rich qualitative information about early experiences of marital life; Deepen understanding of the influencers of fertility decisions among young married couples; Ascertain the services and support available to married young women and couples; Produce research findings for use by policymakers that amplify the views and opinions of marginalised girls and women.
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