COHABITATION AND STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN SELECTED TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN IBADAN, NIGERIA
Cohabitation is evolving from deviant lifestyle to one that is a normative experience for young men and women in the developing countries. Shortage of on-campus accommodation predisposes tertiary students to adopt cohabitation as an alternative housing strategy. This study examined the relationship between cohabitation and students’ academic performance in communities abutting tertiary institutions in Ibadan, Nigeria. Ninety-eight cohabiting students were identified using chain-referral sampling technique. A pre-tested structured questionnaire was administered on the selected students. Findings showed that majority of cohabiters were residing off-campus owing to insufficient on-campus hostel accommodation. Inadequate financial support and high cost of living off-campus were some of the factors predisposed opposite sex to cohabit. Inverse variation was established between period of students’ cohabitation and academic grades in tertiary institutions. Lower students’ academic performance was significantly associated with longer period of cohabitation (χ2(1,102)= 131.321; P < 0.05). Policy that ensures increasing students’ population is matched with tertiary institutions’ accommodation capacity was recommended.
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