Growing Up Sexually








IndexMiddle East® Kazakstan


According to Hudson (1938)[1], age of marriage depended on family wealth, the rich marrying younger. Girls could be married before sexual maturity, while boys aged eight or nine would be married to women of middle age (Rendenko, 1930:p48)[2]. Older sources mention prenatal and infant betrothal[3].


A 1995 survey (Agadjanian and Qian, 1997)[4]reveals at first sexual intercourse of 21.1 (SD=3.2) for nonrussified and for russified Kazaka, compared to 19.8 for Europeans, among ever-married or cohabiting women.












Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004




[1]Hudson, A. E. (1938) Kazak Social Structure. New Haven: YaleUniversity Press

[2] Cit. Hudson

[3] See also Levshin, A. (1840) Déscriptions des Hordes [etc.], p358

[4] Agadjanian, V. & Qian, Zh. (1997) Ethnocultural Identity and Induced Abortion in Kazakstan, Stud Fam Plann 28,4:317-29