As a researcher of social norms, Professsor Cristina Bicchieri was featured in a segment on PBS Newshour examining forced marriage in the United States. Alongside two women who extricated themselves from such marriages, Bicchieri discussed the psychological manipulations and social stigmas that perpetual the practice, especially in tight-knit, religious communities.
From the interview:
"Your choices are much more restricted, and also it is the case that even if the girl or the boy give their consent, it is force in the sense that only they don’t know or conceive of an alternative, but it is a terrifying thing to abandon their community. It’s scary. Where do they go? Whom do they talk to?"
The segement and full transcript can be found here.