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Age Heterogamy in Marriage

Hernan Vera, Donna H. Berardo and Felix M. Berardo
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 47, No. 3 (Aug., 1985), pp. 553-566
DOI: 10.2307/352258
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352258
Page Count: 14
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Age Heterogamy in Marriage
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Abstract

This paper examines age-heterogamous marriages. We test the notion that such marriages are most prevalent among the upper classes, and the belief that they exhibit poorer marital quality than age-similar unions. The first expectation was not supported: age-discrepant unions are clearly more prevalent among lower classes. Second, the analysis yielded no significant differences in marital quality among couples from various age-dissimilar categories. The findings contradict conventional wisdom and suggest the need to re-examine popular stereotypes surrounding age heterogamy in mate selection.

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