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Social Norms and Child Marriage in Cameroon: An Application of the Theory of Normative Spectrum

Social Norms and Child Marriage in Cameroon: An Application of the Theory of Normative Spectrum

Author: 
Beniamino Cislaghi
Gerry Mackie
Paul Nkwi
Holly Shakya
Publication Date
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Affiliation: 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Cislaghi); University of California San Diego (Mackie, Shakya); Catholic University of Cameroon (Nkwi)

"Understanding how social norms are sustaining health-related practices is important for the design of effective cross-cultural health promotion interventions."

Global evidence suggests that harmful social norms play a key role in perpetuating child marriage (CM), which is a health problem and a human rights issue. This paper reports a qualitative study of CM among 4 ethnic groups living in rural Cameroon. Its aim is to explore how the hypothesis, advanced in the Theory of Normative Spectrum (TNS), that norms vary in strength can help researchers and practitioners design CM studies, measurement tools, and interventions.

Theories of social norms converge on defining them as people's beliefs about:

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Global Public Health, 14:10, 1479-94, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2019.1594331. Image credit: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Kieran Guilbert

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