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The Difficulties of Changing the Age at Marriage in Iran
Djamchid A. Momeni
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 34, No. 3 (Aug., 1972), pp. 545-551
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/350454
Page Count: 7
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Using the Iranian census reports and various other available statistics, the trend in the age at marriage, laws concerning the age at marriage, and the major factors leading to a persistently low age at marriage in Iran are examined. The study supports the hypothesis that there is no strong relationship between the actual age at marriage and the laws setting the minimum age at first marriage. Economic and educational variables seem to play a more important role in determining the actual age at marriage. Whether from the point of view of curbing fertility or for eugenics purposes, it is suggested that Iran will not benefit from legislating a higher minimum age at marriage. To be sure, improvements in the vital registration system and the enforcement of laws already in books are among the first priorities.
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1972 National Council on Family Relations