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Marriage, Arranged

An arranged marriage is a marital union based on two families or their agents contracting to join two individuals together. Unlike most choice marriages, where the two partners choose each other, these marriages are typically made based on compatibility of family resources or sociopolitical status. Some research has found couples in arranged marriages reporting greater satisfaction than couples in marriages of choice. While the prevalence of arranged marriage varies around the world, it is still widely practiced and in some countries is the typical way couples marry. This entry discusses how arranged marriages take place, research on satisfaction in arranged marriages, variations in how marriages are arranged, reasons for the decline in arranged marriage, and arranged marriage in the United States.

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