Talk:Age at first marriage

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For the "average" does it take into account of the world population? ie China and India would have a greater impact on the average. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.236.143.170 (talk) 02:47, 19 December 2007 (UTC)


What is the interval of time in which the average was taken? Obviously the average changes over time; Is this the average for the current year, current decade, since records were started?

i deleted average because it doesnt not take account into population as you have said. definition of avg = sum of samples / number of samples. in this case, sample refer to marriage age of couples, not couple-countries. thus it was wrong and deleted. Shaoquan (talk) 07:38, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

  • Some of the data sources for this page (e.g. the U.S. Census Bureau) are in reference to the MEDIAN age at first marriage, not average. Perhaps not the most dramatic difference, but this is nonetheless a sloppy mistake.
Actually, in this case, median age is probably more representative of the typical age of marriage than the actual mean. This is because when you consider the range of ages (from about 18 to 60+), if you are to include those couple who first marry at age 40, 50, or 60, it would skew the average and make it appear that the "average age" is much higher than the "typical age"-which is represented by giving the median. --Kpstewart (talk) 21:27, 8 August 2009 (UTC)

Can we get a reference on the Argentina figures? Somehow each gender (M25.6/F29.9) is getting married older than the population's average (25). Does Argentina have an absolutely huge population of hermaphrodites? It's also unusual in that Argentina seems to be one of the only countries where women are older at first marriage than men; I'd like to see a reference. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 38.117.134.222 (talk) 19:00, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Suggestions for improving the article[edit]

To organize and add to the above remarks:

  • Explain in the article why median age is a better statistic to use for representing the "typical age" of marriage than the average. (I presented the reasoning above, but I feel I need some citations to back it up before placing it in the article). It would be nice to actually show both mean, median, and mode to give a better idea of the demographics -not for all countries as that may be overwhelming for many readers, but it might be nice to give a few examples.
  • Find other sources to show how the average age has increased in many countries over the past few decades/generations. I think it can be assumed that it has increased over the years, but it would also be nice to show how much and at what rate, and which countries are still increasing or have plateaued.
  • Improved citations so that people can more easily find how the data was collected for each country.

--Kpstewart (talk) 21:27, 8 August 2009 (UTC)


Why are the figures for Canada so distorted? All of the usable cited articles list the Canadian data at about 6 years younger than claimed in this article. The most recent cited article is 2008; is there any evidence that more recent figures accurately reflect those given here? Ktin42213 (talk) 02:22, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

"Russia: 39 for men, 18.5 for women, 28 Final Average" You are kidding, aren't you? Yet I think since it is a serious article, that joke needs to be fixed. "29 for men, 28.5 for women" sound more realistic to me. 155.105.7.43 (talk) 13:57, 15 August 2010 (UTC)

Several of these numbers seem very suspect and way too many have no sources whatsoever. Hope someone else is better than me and will do an overhaul. Example: China seems to be off, for both sexes, by almost 10 years, just looking at the UN chart. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.68.45.49 (talk) 14:26, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

Would it be possble if all the data could be arranged in a table. It could be a similar table. This would allow one to order the list accoring to country, age, sex and so forth. This would make it easier to sift through the data. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 117.207.5.245 (talk) 17:49, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

  • It seems that the data for Israel wasn't updated(according to the UN - I checked at the site used in the citation). I changed the data and it's now updated to 31.5 for male. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sab302 (talkcontribs) 13:56, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Ref #3 is invalid[edit]

  • Reference 3 doesn't really provide any data. It appears to be a conference organization website. The data may've been presented at this conference (?) but there's no data on the website that supports the Wiki article.... any help? Roadnottaken (talk) 19:28, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

Table[edit]

This should be converted into a sortable table with three columns, the last being the difference between the ages. 153.19.193.168 (talk) 21:08, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

  • I have tag the article for reorganisation in the hope that someone may complete the missing countries and use a table format in order to be consistent with other 'List of Countries' articles. YuMaNuMa (talk) 07:05, 18 July 2011 (UTC)
  • Done. I added an "average age" column, but maybe a difference in ages column could be include as well. I used Google Refine for this. It worked like a charm! We should also add some kind of graphic/plot to display all of the data in one image. We might also consider consolidating all of the tables (from each "continent" section) into one big table for easier sorting. --Thorwald (talk) 04:52, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

Suggestion for new article[edit]

Hi! I find this article very interesting, but I think it should be good to create an article of Age at first child, now that article redirects to Advanced maternal age, which gives no list of the countries, anyone has the information to create that article? I think, it would be interesting to compare the age of the mother at first child with ageing of Europe. --Living001 (talk) 13:41, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

Citations needed[edit]

There are a _lot_ of "Citation needed" for most of the countries. I would really like to fill these in with verifiable references, but I am not sure where these numbers came from? I should think the UN has most of this data, but as anyone who has ever used UN data before, they are terrible at presenting their information in a user-friendly way. Any thoughts? PS: A lot of these data are probably outdated by now. --Thorwald (talk) 04:29, 23 February 2013 (UTC)