Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Christopher Toulouse, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Caley Johnson, Ph.D.


Underage marriage is a union where one or both parties is under the age of 18. Marriage before the age of 18 not only has severe health and developmental consequences for those that fall victim to the practice, but also economic consequences for regions where it is practiced. Many solutions have been proposed to eliminate underage practice, but with minimal results. The writing in this research explores the causes, effects and solutions of underage marriage comparatively between Morocco, Bangladesh, and the United States. Historical context, regional culture, and economic development are taken into consideration and analyzed to draw to the conclusion of a cultural paradigm.