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Socioeconomic and Institutional Correlates of Family Formation: Khartoum, Sudan, 1945-75

A. I. Abdelrahman and S. Philip Morgan
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 49, No. 2 (May, 1987), pp. 401-412
DOI: 10.2307/352309
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352309
Page Count: 12
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Socioeconomic and Institutional Correlates of Family Formation: Khartoum, Sudan, 1945-75
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Abstract

This study examines socioeconomic and institutional correlates of marriage timing in Khartoum, Sudan. Using a 1975 survey that was part of the Changing African Family Project, we find that age at marriage rose sharply across the later cohorts included in the study—over two years across the 1965-75 marriage cohorts. Special attention focuses on the effect of living with husband's parents after marriage and marrying endogamously. Both are associated with sharply reduced ages at marriage. But both these institutional patterns persist throughout the period examined and cannot account for the observed change. The increase in age at marriage is best described as recent, rapid, and pervasive.

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