n Gender and Behaviour - Socio-economic perspectives of male sexual challenges and inter-spousal communication in a mono-cultural setting




The study examined the socio-economic context of husband's sexual deficiency on husband-wife communication among the Yoruba in the southwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The study adopted a structured face-to-face interview among 145 couples in the ratio of 50:50 among couples with husbands that have sexual challenges and the control group. Four focus group discussions were also held among the wives and segregated by age (15-34 and 35-54 years). The mean age of the population is 40 years (husbands = 42 years and wives = 38 years). The study shows that income and employment status are significantly related to couple's communication at p-value less than 0.05. It also revealed that education and frequency of intercourse are vital predictors of inter-spousal communication notwithstanding the sexual condition of the husband (p-value of 0.000 each). The author therefore recommended that marriage counsellors, social workers and other health official should target massive public awareness on male sexual diseases and equitable employment for all men who have sexual health challenges in order to stimulate mutual harmonious communication between husband and wife and enhance effective management of crisis at home fronts.


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