Charity Chioma Obi


The study investigated the challenges that are associated with marital instability in Nnewi. we examined the demographic characteristics of married couples in the households and the nature of marital instability experienced among them in addition to ascertaining the challenges that cause marital instability in the study area. Descriptive statistics and analysis were employed to analyze data collected from 240 married couples selected using a multi-stage sampling procedure. Results revealed that the average age of the respondents was 42 years; 91.7% c-f them were functionally literate; their average household size comprised of six persons; and seventeen years was their average years of marriage. Findings also revealed that majority of the respondents had low marital instability; factor analysis  result  showed that  socio-cultural  difference, psychological  factor, economic   factor,   marriage-based   factor,   health   factor,   sex-related   factor, challenges and communication-based were the major challenges associated with marital instability among married persons in the study area. Recommendation of the study includes the following: Preparation before marriage by the religions organizations, periodic retreat for married couples, and sex education for the youths.

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