MPRC Seminar: Parents’ Valuation of Approving a Child’s Spouse in a Context of Marital Change
About the Presentation:
In much of Asia, arranged marriage is declining and young people are becoming more active in choosing their own spouses. Previous research on marriage in such contexts often focuses on the characteristics and behavior of young people getting married. In this paper, I turn the focus squarely towards parents of marriageable youth. Using data from Nepal, I find that a sizeable proportion of parents do not value approving their child’s spouse. I then investigate which parents value such approval less than others and how this varies by gender of the parent and child. Parents who endorsed developmental idealism about spouse choice and had low quality relationships with their child were less likely to value spouse approval. Parents of children with salaried work experience, especially mothers of daughters, were also less likely to value approval. By contrast, developmental idealism about parental respect, belief in relinquishing spouse approval in exchange for old age support, parents’ own marital experiences, and children’s education were not important correlates of parents’ valuation of spouse approval.
About the Presenter:
Keera Allendorf is an Associate Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Indiana University. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She also worked previously at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Allendorf's research focuses on family, gender, and health. She investigates how and why family behaviors vary and change over time and how family behaviors shape well-being. Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, and the Journal of Marriage and Family.
Additional info is also available at my website at https://sites.google.com/view/keeraallendorf/home .