Socio-cultural correlates of changes in the timing of marriage in Ghana: 1988-2014

  • Acheampong Yaw Amoateng
Keywords: Socio-Cultural Correlates, Changes, Timing of Marriage, Ghana

Abstract

While conventional thinking with regards to population change has given pride of place to the three central demographic variables of fertility, mortality and migration; family formation and dissolution patterns have been equally important in determining population dynamics. For instance, the bulk of childbearing (fertility) takes place within the context of marriage, a process which in turn affects an important component of population change, the birth rate. In fact, the high levels of fertility in many sub-Saharan African populations have been attributed to the pattern of near universal and early marriage in these societies, while the low birth rate that characterizes the developed societies has been a function of the relatively lower levels and later marriage patterns in such societies (Bongaarts 1982; Coale and Treadway 1986; Rosero-Bixby 1996).

Keywords: Socio-Cultural Correlates, Changes, Timing of Marriage, Ghana

Published
2017-11-29
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