Meenan, James. 'Some causes and consequences of the low Irish marriage rate'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland. Vol.XV, No. 3, 1932/1933, pp19-27
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XV No. 3, 1932/1933
In countries more
happily circumstanced it is only necessary to trace and to account
for the fluctuations of the marriage rate. Here it is not only necessary
to discover why more people got married during one period than
during another but also to ask why in any period, even in that
period in which the marriage rate was at its highest, more people
did not get married; why the proportion of unmarried people has
steadily increased; why the average age of marriage has grown later.
In this paper it is intended to review these aspects of our social life
and to point to some possible explanations of their presence but
at the outset it must be emphasised that such a review can only
claim to be of a most general nature since many points raised are in
themselves worthy of far closer attention than they have hitherto
Read before the Society on Friday, 20th January, 1933.
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