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Educational Assortative Mating and Health: A Study in Chinese Internal Migrants

School of Health Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430071, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1375; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041375
Received: 17 January 2021 / Revised: 28 January 2021 / Accepted: 29 January 2021 / Published: 3 February 2021
Previous studies have shown that marriage is related with people’s health. Based on data from the Volume A of China Migrants Dynamic Survey (CMDS_A) in 2017 (N = 127,829), this study attempted to document the degree of educational assortative mating in Chinese internal migrants, as well as how it evolves over time, and further analyze the relationship between educational assortative mating and people’s self-rated health (SRH). The results indicated that the proportion of educational homogamy kept increasing and gradient marriage kept decreasing over time both in male and female. “Educational homogamy” (58.8%) and “male more educated” (27.2%) were still the main marital education matching patterns in first-married couples of Chinese internal migrants. Educational homogamy was beneficial to promote people’s SRH and educational hypogamy would impair their SRH, and the negative effects of educational hypogamy on SRH was stronger in female than in male. The gender equality of educational opportunities increases the degree of educational assortative mating in Chinese internal migrants. Educational attainment is playing a more and more important role in “love” marriages. “Likes attract likes” is not just about love, but also an important part of health. View Full-Text
Keywords: marriage; education; assortative mating; health; mate selection marriage; education; assortative mating; health; mate selection
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