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Trends in Applied Sciences Research
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 335 - 343

Determinants of Age at First Marriage of Rural Women in Bangladesh: A Cohort Analysis

M.S. Zahangir, M.A. Karim, M.R. Zaman, M.I. Hussain and M.S. Hossain    

Abstract: This study examines the levels, trends and differentials of age at first marriage and also to identify the various demographic, social and economic factors influencing on age at first marriage of rural woman in Bangladesh. In this analysis, the overall mean age at first` marriage of rural Bangladeshi woman is found to be only 14.76 years. Marriage cohort analysis of the respondents suggests that mean age at first marriage among most recent cohort is about 1.22 years higher compared to earlier cohort. Independence χ2-test statistic and logistic regression analysis reveal that respondent`s education, access to mass media, religion, husband`s education, childhood place of residence and region have highly significant impact on age at first marriage, whereas husband`s occupation and respondent`s working status have little bit significant effect. Path analysis technique also reveals that all of the direct effects are significantly influenced on age at marriage and the indirect effects are appreciably prejudiced in the same.

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