Factors and consequences of marital conflicts among spouses in Rivers State, Nigeria

Josiah, Grace Ada and Nteh, Onyeayana Kenneth (2022) Factors and consequences of marital conflicts among spouses in Rivers State, Nigeria. International Journal of Research in Education and Sustainable Development, 2 (5). pp. 38-46. ISSN 2782-7666

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The study investigated the factors and consequences of marital conflict among spouses in Rivers State. The study covered all married spouses who were identified with marital conflicts in Rivers State. This study adopted a descriptive survey Design. Simple random sampling technique was used to select the respondents from three L.G.As. The population was unknown. A sample size of 120 spouses was used for the study. Six research questions and six hypotheses were used. A self-structured questionnaire was used to collect data for the study. The face validity of the instrument was determined by experts in the field. Cronbach’s alpha was used to determine the reliability of the instrument which stood at 0.85 index value. Data collected were analyzed through frequency count and means scores, while the hypotheses were tested using t-test and ANOVA at 0.05 level of significance. Findings from the study revealed that: there were different factors responsible for marital conflict which include; childlessness, infidelity, failed roles and expectations and lack of financial stability. The consequences include: psychological trauma. It was concluded that there are incidences of marital conflict in the study area. Based on the findings, the researcher recommended that spouses should endeavour to resolve their differences critically without the third party.