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19-06-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Education parity important for marriage: Qatar study

A husband and wife educated to a similar level is an important part of a successful marriage, according to a Qatari study.

Research shows 73 per cent of Qatari men and women aged between 18 and 31 see academic parity as important.

The study looked at changing attitudes to marriage amongst the Qatari youth and was part of Qatar University graduation research prepared by Noora Jasem Al Mahmoud.

It focused on what Qatari youths saw as important when choosing a spouse, and how to address possible future problems

According to the findings, 98 per cent of the participants said they supported pre-marital blood tests, local Arabic daily Al Raya reported on Wednesday.

Qatar introduced the mandatory test in 2006. Three years later the health authorities, seeking to overcome resistance to the move, launched a massive campaign to promote awareness about its merit.

According to the study, an overwhelming majority of Qataris said they were against the tradition of marrying relatives, while slightly less than a quarter said they supported marrying non-Qataris.

"So many things have changed within the Qatari society, including views on marriages and family relations," said Dr Fatima Al Qubaisi from the social studies department at the university.

"This study took a representative sample of young Qatari men and women to track the changes and monitor the new orientations in the culture of marriage, assuming family responsibilities and raising children."

Meanwhile, another graduation study by Eman Mubarak Al Mannai on violence and antagonistic behaviour in middle schools concluded that boys were more inclined to violent behaviour than girls and that friends and the media had a crucial role in encouraging aggression.



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