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Trend of age at first marriage of women in Tehran province, Iran and its comparison with the national trend, based on the Health and Disease Survey

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Author(s): Karimlou M. | Mohammad K. | Azam K. | Noorbala A.A.

Journal: Journal of School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research
ISSN 1735-7586

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 17;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Age at first marriage | Health survey | Brass model

ABSTRACT
Background and Aim: The present article attempts to define the current trend for age at first marriage, based on the nationwide Health Survey of 1999 and using the Brass model.Material and Methods: The national Health survey was conducted in 1999 and involved 1/1000 of the total population, selected via cluster sampling (clusters of 8 households each).The sample used for the present study consisted of 16000 women aged 15-49, including 3026 women in Tehran province. Variables used for analysis were current age, marital status, age at first marriage and residential area (urban/rural). The mean age at first marriage for married women was 17.8 years (sd=3.7) for the whole country, and 18.2 years (sd=3.7) for Tehran province.Results: The Brass model fitted to the data revealed a significant decreasing trend for the proportion of married women in all age groups, especially in the 15-19 year-old category. Conclusion: This obviously indicates an upward trend for age at first marriage.
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