Hundreds of thousands of young girls across Mexico are being driven into relationships and marriages with older men, denying them a childhood and an education, new research reveals. The data represents part of a wider trend across Latin America, the only region in the world where child marriage is increasing rather than in decline. The report comes weeks after the secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, issued a statement pledging to tackle child marriage in Latin America. Worldwide, the country has the eighth highest number of child marriages pdf. While many girls are driven into relationships as a means of acquiring status and security — or to attempt to escape poverty and violence at home — early unions often perpetuate a cycle of abuse and deprivation rooted in gender inequality.
Pubertal Development in Mexican American Girls: The Family’s Perspective
Mexican American MA girls are entering puberty earlier than in the past, yet few studies have explored the perceptions surrounding puberty among this group. We conducted separate focus groups for fathers, mothers, and daughters aged 6 to 12 years to explore perceptions of body image, pubertal development, communications, and sources of puberty-related information in MA participants. Although both parents willingly discussed pubertal issues concerning their daughters, mothers had a more active role in conveying pubertal information to daughters. Among the girls, there was a gap in knowledge about the pubertal process between the younger and older girls.
Methodology Center at the Pennsylvania State University. Adolescent sexuality research has expanded to include non-coital behaviors, but there is limited knowledge about individual factors such as cultural values associated with these sexual behaviors outside of industrialized nations. Findings indicate that sexual guilt and importance of female virginity were consistently associated with all sexual behaviors.