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Title: Adolescent's views on Selection of Marriage Partner
Authors: Pawar, Nivedita
Keywords: Centre for Human Ecology
Sujata Sriram
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: TISS
Abstract: Marriage is considered as an inevitable part of an individual’s life. The objective of the present study was to explore characteristics such as age, appearance, social and economic status, emotional tolerance, intellectual ability, etc. that are considered by individuals while selecting a marriage partner. Type of marriage and methods of selection were investigated as a part of the study. The study adopted a quantitative approach, with a pre-coded questionnaire. Data was collected in Mumbai using non probabilistic sampling technique, from 100 adolescents, 50 men and 50 women, in the age group of 18-21 years. Analysis of the data was done using descriptive and inferential statistics. The preferred age for marriage for women was 25.8 years and it was one year older for men. Both men and women wanted to know the prospective partner for at least one year before marriage. Marriage it was seen to fulfill emotional needs of the individual. Marriage by choice was preferred over traditional arranged marriage; however the parental opinion was important for the adolescent. The five characteristics identified by men as most desirable, in their prospective partner were mutual attraction-love; neatness and refinement; good to parents; desire for home and children and good health. For women, the characteristics were mutual attraction-love; good to parents; emotional stability and maturity, no smoking and desire for home and children.A significance difference was found between men and women on the characteristic of good looks . Both men and women ranked traits of understanding, kind and intelligent highly. The findings of the study are important for research in the area of marriage.
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