• OYEFARA John Lekan


Marital Dissolution, Ethno-Endogamy, Polygyny, Yoruba, Osun State, Nigeria


This study examines the inter-generational trend and various determinants of marital dissolution by separation or divorce among ever married women in the contemporary Yoruba society, using Osun State, Nigeria as the study location. A triangulated research design was utilised to achieve the objectives of the study. Specifically, cross-sectional survey (CSS), key-informant interview (KII) and in-depth interview (IDI) methods of data collection were adopted in the design to generate both quantitative and qualitative data. The findings of the study reveal inter-generational increase in marital dissolution. In addition, the study reveals significant interplay of three factors (personal, spousal and parental) as significant background determinants of marital dissolution in the study location. Based on the findings of the study, it has been recommended that early marriage, couple living in separate apartments and polygyny should be discouraged in order to promote stable nuptial relationships in the study location.

Author Biography

OYEFARA John Lekan

John Lekan Oyefara has a B.Sc. in Demography and Social Statistics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. In addition, he obtained a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He specializes in Demography and Population Studies. His areas of research include fertility, mortality, migration, nuptiality, family planning, gender studies, public, family and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS. He has worked for over twenty years in the development sector with local and international organizations in Nigeria. Currently, John Lekan Oyefara is an Associate Professor of Sociology (Demography, Population Health, and Social Research Methods) in the Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.


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