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Marriage form and age at first marriage: a comparative study in three counties in contemporary rural China.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17619629     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Using data from two surveys in three counties in which the prevalence of uxorilocal marriage differs greatly, this article analyzes the effects of marriage form, individual, family, and social factors on age at first marriage and spousal age difference. The results show that, under the Chinese patrilineal joint family system, compared with the dominant virilocal marriage form, uxorilocal marriage significantly lowers women's age at first marriage, increases men's age at first marriage, and consequently increases spousal age difference. Education, number of brothers, adoption status, marriage arrangement, and marriage circle also significantly affect age at first marriage for both genders. Age at first marriage and spousal age difference vary greatly among the three counties. These findings address the process and consequences of change in rural family and marriage customs during the current demographic and social transition and may help to promote later marriage and later childbearing under the present low fertility conditions in rural China.
Xiaoyi Jin; Shuzhuo Li; Marcus W Feldman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social biology     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0037-766X     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Biol     Publication Date:    2005 Spring-Summer
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-10     Completed Date:  2007-08-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0205621     Medline TA:  Soc Biol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for Population and Development Studies, School of Public Policy and Administration, Xi'an Jiaotong University Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Age Factors
Least-Squares Analysis
Marriage / ethnology,  trends*
Rural Population
Social Change*
Socioeconomic Factors

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