Strengths and Weaknesses of Traditional Cultural Bonds Affecting Mate Selection : a Cross Sectional Study

Aqsa Qasim, Hec

ct: Marriage and family are two basic social institutions in every society and in all eras, the individual has lived his life in contact with his fellows. His happiness depends greatly on his success in interpersonal relations in the family and other social groups. It is obvious that society could not continue its existence without some organized effort and direction for its different activities.Lack of adjustment between spouses may create problems not only for themselves but also for their children, parents and other members of their family. Many times, a conflicting situation may arise due to family disputes. There are some traditional practices of arranging marriage of one's offspring on one hand, on the other one may see modern trends of consulting the children or accepting their choices.The study was intended to investigate the marriage practices promoting traditional family bonds and then to look into the practices aimed at ensuring greater happiness to the spouses. The universe for the present study was the students studying in University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi. The University is located almost in the center of the twin cosmopolitan cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. A sample of 90 unmarried students (forty five each males and females) studying in different disciplines of M.Sc and B.Sc (Agri) of (II, IV, VI & VIII) semesters were selected by the use of multistage random sampling method then stratified by gender. Female and male respondents seem to be supportive a happy marital life.

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 Presented in Session 173. Cultural Factors in Demographic Behaviour