PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLBEING OF WIVES OF INCARCERATED AND NON-INCARCERATED MALES: A COMPARATIVE STUDY
Keywords:Psychological wellbeing, wives of incarcerated, wives of non-incarcerated.
AbstractThis article answers the question ”Is the psychological wellbeing among wives of incarcerated males better compared to that of wives of non-incarcerated males?”. The method of study was survey and the participants were of wives of men who are incarcerated and those whose husbands are not incarcerated. The total sample size of one hundred and sixty two (162) wives, comprising of fifty four (54) wives of incarcerated males and one hundred and eight (108) wives of non-incarcerated males participated in the study. The ages of the participants ranged between 18years to 54years with mean age of 34.94years and standard deviation of 8.13years. The data was gathered using a standardized questionnaire. T-test was used to test the hypothesis. The result shows that the psychological wellbeing was significantly better among wives of non-incarcerated males than wives of the incarcerated males, (t= 5.62; df= 160; p<.05). The result confirms that the wellbeing of wives of incarcerated males is lower compared to that of wives of non-incarcerated males and this calls for attention as to what could be done in enhancing the psychological wellbeing of wives of incarcerated males.
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