Preparation for marriage in a Chinese community : Implications for premarital counselling services

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-406
Journal / PublicationInternational Social Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999


This article presents the findings of a study on Chinese people's preparation for marriage. Chinese people in Hong Kong hold positive attitudes towards preparation for marriage, but their scope of concern in preparation is narrow. Their awareness of the problems after marriage is limited. The source of help in preparation issues is confined to informal networks. They also have limited knowledge about premarital counselling services and their participation in these programmes is rather low.