Social Factors Affecting Spouse Selection Criteria

Document Type: Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Arak Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran

2 Department of Sociology, Arak Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran


 The purpose of this study is to identify spouse selection criteria among Islamic Azad university students in Malayer.The research was based on survey method and a questionnaire is used to collect data. The sample size was 365 participants who selected based on classified sampling. The data was analyzed using statistical analysis. Also sociological theories including theories of marriage used to study families and theoretical framework. The results were classified into categories such as material/nonmaterial, personal/family criteria for spouse selection. As if university students valued both nonmaterial criteria like romance and love. The findings show that there are significant relationships between socio–economic status, education, age, and spouse selection among university students. Implications of this study are also discussed.

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