The effect of premarital cohabitation on quality of relationship and marital stability of married people in Southwest Nigeria

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Date: June 2011
From: African Nebula(Issue 3)
Publisher: Samar Habib
Document Type: Report
Length: 4,355 words
Lexile Measure: 1480L

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Cohabitation in marriage is an integral incident of consortium which traditionally describes conjugal right to live together as husband and wife with all the incidents that flow from it. Premarital cohabitation is however an alteration in marital relationship that is prevalent among the unmarried young adults of the modern time. Based on logical reasoning, premarital cohabitation hypothesizes that living together before marriage provides an opportunity for intending couples to try compatibility prior marriage thereby reducing the probability of divorce. This study hence examined the effect of premarital cohabitation on quality relationship and marital stability of married people in Southwest Nigeria. Survey design approach was used which employed Marital Relationship Quality Inventory and Marital Stability Assessment scale for data collection. The target population was married individuals. Data was analysed by using student t-test. Results from the study show that the married people who did not cohabit before marriage have more quality marital relationship and stability than those that did. Appropriate enrichment programmes and therapeutic strategies that will educate young adults on profitable modes of premarital behaviours were thus suggested.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A273079780