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An Exploratory Study on Late Marriage Among Female Students Studying in Selected Colleges of Dera Bassi, District Mohali, Punjab

Shweta Chaudhary


Purposes: To assess the knowledge regarding health consequences of late marriage, to assess the attitude toward late marriage, to explore the factors leading to late marriage and to find the association between knowledge and attitude regarding late marriage among female students and their selected demographic variables. Materials and methods: A nonexperimental exploratory study was done by taking 150 female students selected by systematic random sampling technique in selected colleges of Dera Bassi, Distt. Mohali Punjab. The tool comprised of structured knowledge questionnaire, was used to assess the knowledge regarding health consequences, Likert scale to assess the attitude and an unstructured questionnaire to explore the factors leading to late marriage. Result: The findings revealed that highest percentage,41.3% of the female students had good knowledge, 38.7% had average knowledge, 14% had poor knowledge and only 6% of the female students had very good knowledge regarding health consequences of late marriage. Majority, 89% of the female students had neutral attitude, 11% had positive attitude and none of them had negative attitude toward late marriage and maximum number of female students perceived focus on career/higher education as the major factor that leads to late marriage. There was significant association between the knowledge of health consequences of late marriage with the professional course of the female students (F=21.978 at p< 0.001 level) and also between the attitude of female students toward late marriage and with the age (F =6.316 at p< 0.01) and the professional course (F=4.335 at p<0.05 level). Conclusion: The conclusion of the study was that majority of the female students had good knowledge regarding health consequences of late marriage and majority of them had neutral attitude toward late marriage, moreover most of them perceived focus on career/higher education as the major factor that leading to late marriage.

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