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Journal:   RESEARCHER BULLETIN OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (PEJOUHANDEH)   FEBRUARY-MARCH 2008 , Volume 12 , Number 6 (60); Page(s) 505 To 512.
 
Paper: 

CRITERIA OF MARRYING COUPLES FOR MATE SELECTION IN TEHRAN

 
 
Author(s):  HOSSEINI MEYMANAT*, MOHAMMADI MARYAM, YAGHMAEI FARIDEH, ALAVI MAJD HAMID
 
* SHAHEED BEHESHTI MEDICAL UNIVERSITY
 
Abstract: 

Background: Considering the impact of family health on psychosocial health of community which itself depends on successful marriage with the basis of proper criteria for mate selection, and regarding our population that mostly consists of the youth and subsequent significant growing marriage and divorce rate, this study was conducted to identify the prioritized mate-selection criterion of marrying couples in Tehran.
Materials and Methods: The total of 252 marrying couples referring to urban health centers affiliated to Tehran university of medical sciences were randomly selected via a multi-stage sampling method. Data were collected by a questionnaire validated by content validity and made reliable by Cronbach's alpha. It consisted of 3 distinct parts, including demographics (15 questions), family characteristics, appearance, emotional, socioeconomical and sociocultural status (44 questions) and one open question. A six-rate scale was designed for the questions from 0 (no importance) to 5 (very important).
Results: The first priorities included honesty (Mean=98.37%), loyalty (Mean=97.88%), understand in (Mean=96.45%), appropriate manner (Mean=96.26%), no addiction (Mean=95.86%), assertiveness (either at work or in life) (Mean= 94.10%) and serenity (Mean= 92.95%). The last priorities for mate selection were fellow-citizenship (Mean=43.83%), prosperity (Mean=43.81%) and Colleagueship (Mean=39.48%).
Conclusion: It is concluded that psychological health is the most important topic through the mate-selection criterion, whereas the cultural and religious subjects are the least important ones.

 
Keyword(s): MATE-SELECTION CRITERION, MARRYING COUPLES, FAMILY HEALTH, PROPER MARRIAGE
 
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