The causes of early marriage often remain unclear. A new study tests whether parental interests and coercion explain high rates of marriage for girls aged 15–18 in rural Tanzania. It finds that most brides choose their own partners and do not suffer harm to their physical or mental wellbeing later in life, and suggests alternative explanations.
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Stark, L. Why daughters may choose early marriage. Nat Hum Behav 3, 325–326 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0554-1