THE CAUSES OF MARITAL INSTABILITY IN KATSINA STATE, NIGERIA

Yusha’u N, A E Ubogu, M Mamman

Abstract


This paper tried to examine the causes of marital instability in Katsina state, Nigeria. A total of 400 questionnaire were administered to the respondents who have had an experience of marital challenge using snowball sampling method. Data obtained were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics and presented in tables, charts and graphs. Factor Analysis and Varimax rotation methods were adopted in order to identify the most critical causes of marital instability. The study revealed eight factors as the critical causes of marital instability in Katsina state. The factors include disregard for relatives (0.706), sex preference of children (0.680), infertility (0.614), age difference among spouse (0.605) sexual dissatisfaction (0.564), infidelity (0.547), nagging (0.528) and forced marriage (0.526). The cumulative percentage of the variance revealed that the eight major factors alone accounted for 60.1% of the causes of marital instability in Katsina state.  These factors were further reduced and classified into procreative/child bearing, sexual incompatibility, maturity and attitudinal factors. The study recommends that there is need for stakeholders addressing the procreative/child bearing, sexual incompatibility, maturity and attitudinal factors to reduce marital instability in the state. 


Keywords


divorce; infertility; child bearing; sexual incompatibility; maturity, attitudinal factors.

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