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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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Estimating the prevalence of forced marriage in England

Estimating the prevalence of forced marriage in England

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(p.244) (p.245) Chapter Twenty Estimating the prevalence of forced marriage in England
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Family troubles?
Author(s):

Peter Keogh

Anne Kazimirski

Susan Purdon

Ruth Maisey

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.003.0020

In the UK context, forced marriage is seen as a source of family trouble that is unacceptable and illegal, but this chapter suggests that it may be poorly understood by professionals. A detailed account is provided of work to estimate the prevalence of reported cases of actual or threatened forced marriage (leaving aside unreported cases), and insights given into the difficulties of constructing such statistics and the conundrums involved. It is highlighted how such estimates are the result of social processes that are difficult to ascertain, demonstrating the challenges of producing the sorts of robust and generalisable data needed to build policy responses.

Keywords:   Family trouble, Forced marriage, Prevalence, Social processes, Statistics

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