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Arranged child marriages are also observed in parts of the Americas.
as a reason for their growing reluctance to see their daughters marry at too early an age.
The Ambitious Mother and the Obliging Clergyman - a cartoon by Charles Dana Gibson caricaturing arranged marriages in early 20th century United States.
A parent insists their daughter marry a man on grounds of wealth or aristocratic title, without considering the girl's wishes.
Child marriages is primarily seen in areas of poverty.
Gary Lee and Lorene Stone suggest that most adult marriages in recent modern history are some gradation between extreme example of either ideal arranged or ideal autonomous marriage, in part because marriage is a social institution.
By marrying their daughter to a good family the parents improve their social status by establishing a social bond between each other.
The nations with the highest rates of arranged child marriages are: Niger, Chad, Mali, Bangladesh, Guinea, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Pakistan.
This encourages homogamy and arranged marriages within the ethnic group.
Examples of this dynamic include Sikh marriages between 19 in Canada, and arranged marriages among Japanese American immigrants before the 1960s, who would travel back to Japan, to marry the spouse arranged by the family, and then return married.
Late marriage, particularly past the age of 30, reduces the pool of available bachelorettes for autonomous marriages.