n Gender and Behaviour - Communication, suspicion and stability in marriage : examples from the experiences of married women in two private universities in Ogun state, Nigeria




This study examined communication, suspicion, and stability in marriage from the standpoint experience of married women in two private universities in Ogun State. Two hundred married female respondents were randomly selected using stratified random sampling technique. Family Assessment Device, a subscale of McMaster Family Functioning Scales and Factors Affecting Marital Stability Questionnaire (FAMSQ) were used to measure communication, suspicion, and stability in marriage.

Findings from the study revealed that marital suspicion determine stability more than communication and the main implications of these findings are that suspicion in marriage and communication affect stability negatively. It was therefore recommended that government should use the mass media to create massive awareness on the need to improve communication in homes and discourage suspicion, recruit professional counsellors, psychologists and social workers to attend to various needs of couples and intending couples.


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