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Title: Choice of marriage partner by young adults
Authors: Sethi, Srikant K
Keywords: Centre for Human Ecology
Sujata Sriram
School of Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: Marriage in India is one of the most important events in a person‘s life; thus choice of marriage partner by young adults can provide understanding of characteristics and traits that women and men look for in their prospective marriage partner. The objectives of the study were to identif y characteristics and traits that young working adults gave preference to while choosing their marriage partner and to study the factors that men and women emphasise for the same. A survey research was conducted in Mumbai. Using non - probabilistic sampling techniques, 54 women and 54 men (N = 108), in the age group of 25 - 30 years, working in Mumbai were administered a questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to estimate differences in results between men and women. The five most import ant characteristics for women were mutual attraction – love, emotional stability and maturity, good to parents, education and intelligence and good health. The five most important traits that women valued were understanding, intelligent, kind, healthy, and good earning capacity. The five characteristics men valued in their prospective marriage partner were - should be good to parents, mutual attraction – love, good health, emotional stability and maturity and pleasing disposition. The five traits that men va lued in their prospective marriage partner were understanding, kind, intelligent, healthy and good housekeeper. Significant differences (on t - test) between the mean scores of men and women were found on characteristics such as good financial prospect, plea sant disposition, good cook and housekeeper, to name a few. The differences found in the choices women and men have for their prospective marriage partner reflects different selection pressures on women and men. Cultural and social factors can be seen as w ell in the characteristics and traits chosen by men and women.
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