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Volume :36 Issue : 139 2010      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Kuwait University Students Attitudes

Auther : Dr. Bader I. Al-Shaibani - Prof. Salah A. Murad

     The aim of this study is to investigate Kuwait University students attitudes towards marriage and its traditions in Kuwait with regard to early marriage, marrying within the family, freedom to choose partner, love before marriage, delaying the age of marriage, polygamy, and divorce.   The study also investigates attitudinal differences that may be attributed to gender, specialization, marital status, area of residence, and parents educational background. To achieve these objectives, a 60-item questionnaire with a 0.67 reliability coefficient was administered to 1200 students (419 males and 781 females) from 11 Kuwait University colleges. The results show gender differences with respect to five dimensions. A comparison between the subjects attitudes in terms of specialization shows that the Administrative Sciences students attitudes are more positive towards early marriage, within-the-family marriage and polygamy; the science faculties students attitudes are more positive towards choice of partner and love prior to marriage; and the humanities students attitudes are more positive towards early marriage, within-the-family marriage and polygamy. The percentages of rejection for early marriage by males and females are 64.7% and 71.9% respectively. The percentages of subjects who attribute early marriage and within-the-family marriage to family pressures are 69% and 72% respectively. While the subjects attitudes are neutral towards six items relating to marrying within the family, a high percentage of them (97%) have confirmed that it causes hereditary diseases. Whereas positive attitudes are noted for freedom in choice of partner (81%) and delaying the age of marriage (90%), 74% of the subjects have expressed fear towards love before marriage. With respect to polygamy and divorce, 74% have rejected polygamy and 92% have reported that divorce leaves negative effects on the children. Finally, the results indicate a positive correlation between parents level of education and freedom in choosing partner, love before marriage and delaying marriage age on the one hand and a negative correlation between that and early marriage, within-the-family marriage and polygamy on the other.

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