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Contextual Influence on Age at Marriage in Uttar Pradesh-India

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Abstract: Femaleage at marriage in Uttar Pradesh is amongst the lowest in India. Previousstudies on female age at marriage in an Indian context primarily focused on theindividual level factors impacting female age at marriage. Community levelfactors that influence the female age at marriage in Uttar Pradesh werenon-existent. In this study, the impact of community presence of mass media is studied usingHierarchical Linear Models. Thus using the data from NFHS-2, thestudy explores the within community presence of any forms of print, electronicor local mass media and its impact on female age at marriage in Uttar Pradesh.Total of 7175 currently married individual women were nested in 317 ruralcommunities across Uttar Pradesh. Hierarchal linear modeling using SAS PROCMIXED was used in the study. The intra-class correlation of 0.13 indicates fairbit of clustering of female age at marriage within communities. Thirteenpercent of the differences in female age at marriage are due to betweencommunity differences in Uttar Pradesh. Communities’ exposure to any forms ofmass media has a positive impact on female age at marriage in Uttar Pradesh.

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