First-marriage decrement tables for males and females in Canada, 1961-1966

Laing, Lory; Krishnan, P.
May 1976
Canadian Review of Sociology & Anthropology;May76, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p217
Academic Journal
Marriage, separation, divorce and widowhood are demographic events that influence the course of population growth. Small wonder that demographers take increasing interest in the study of marriage. Family sociologists have noted an association between age at marriage and the stage of industrialization and urbanization of a society. Marriage decrement tables provide information on the probability of being exposed to the risk of marriage at a specified age and or during the lifetime. Such information is of considerable interest to population scientists working in the area of marital fertility because the proportion of female population and the number of years exposure to the risk of child bearing could be known or estimated correctly. First-marriage decrement tables for males and females in Canada are presented for the years 1961 and 1966. An analysis of these tables reveals that the average age at first marriage has increased for males and females. It is also seen that the age range of first marriage has narrowed down for both the sexes. The eventual probability of first marriage has increased for males and females. The social implications of these changes are not likely to be marked in view of the other social changes that are taking place in Canada.


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