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THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
ISSN: 0331-4111
Volume 12, No. 2,  (2014)

DOI: 10.36108/NJSA/4102/12(0210)

Prevalence and Patterns of Marital Dissolution in Nigeria
Lorretta Favour C. Ntoimo1 & Monica Ewomazino Akokuwebe 2
1Department of Demography and Social Statistics Federal University Oye-Ekiti Ekiti State, Nigeria
2Joseph Ayo Babalola University Ikeji, Ara-keji, Osun State, Nigeria
Corresponding author: ntoimo.lorretta@gmail.com or lorretta.ntoimo@fuoye.edu.ng

Abstract
There is little scholarly research on the prevalence and patterns of marital dissolution in Nigeria. This study utilised secondary data obtained from 2006 Nigeria population census to describe the prevalence and patterns of marital dissolution, indicated by divorce and separation, across regions, states, sex, and age groups. The crude rate of marital dissolution in Nigeria was 11 per 1000 population. Among ever married population, crude rate of marital dissolution was 29.5 per 1000. Marital dissolution was highest in the South-south and North-east regions and least in the South-east region. More females were divorced or separated than males. Age-specific marital dissolution rates ranged from 24 to 132 per 1000 ever married females, and 15 to 24 for males; the higher rates were among younger persons aged 10-24 years. The prevalence and patterns of marital dissolution in Nigeria suggests the need to discourage early marriage, and to strengthen social and religious values that discourage marital dissolution through public programmes, moral and religious persuasions.
Keywords: marital dissolution, divorce, separation, marriage, Nigeria

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