Bullying, Self-Disclosure and Sexual Incompatibility as Correlates of Marital Instability among Newly Married Adults in Nigeria

  • Mary O. Esere University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
  • Olurotimi Akanni Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, Nigeria
  • Betty Ruth Iruloh University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Abstract

The rate of divorce is increasing steadily among newly married adults in Nigeria than what it used to be in time past. Some couples engage in activities that are detrimental to the growth and development of the family. The study investigated bullying, self-disclosure and sexual-incompatibility as correlates of marital instability among newly married adults in Nigeria. The descriptive survey research procedure of the correlational type was adopted. The target population was all newly married adults between 1-6 years in Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling consisting of purposive, stratified and simple random sampling techniques were used to draw a sample of 2,400 respondents from the target population. The instrument used for data collection was tagged ‘’Bullying, Self-disclosure, Sexual-incompatibility and Marital Instability Questionnaire (BSSMIQ)’’. The instrument which has five sections was validated by experts in the Department of Counsellor Education, University of Ilorin. The instrument was subjected to test re-test reliability technique and the values of 0.76, 0.74, 0.72 and 0.76 were obtained for bullying, self-disclosure, sexual-incompatibility and marital instability respectively. One null hypothesis was raised. Data collected were computed using percentage and correlation matrix. The findings of the study show that there were significant relationships among bullying, level of self-disclosure, sexual-incompatibility and marital instability of newly married adults in Nigeria (r=0.425, p˂0.05), r=0.660, p˂0.05, r=0.706, p˂0.05). The study concluded that majority of the newly married adults attributed their marital instability to external factors; bullying, self-disclosure and sexual-incompatibility. The findings of the study have implication for counselling, the newly married adults can improve naturally when they align their desires and attitudes with principles of commitment, honesty and personal accountability. Based on the findings, counsellors need to counsel the newly married adults to ignore abusive behaviours such as destructive criticism, contempt or aggressive defensiveness.


Keywords: bullying; sexual incompatibility; self-disclosure; marital instability

Published
2017-09-26
How to Cite
ESERE, Mary O.; AKANNI, Olurotimi; IRULOH, Betty Ruth. Bullying, Self-Disclosure and Sexual Incompatibility as Correlates of Marital Instability among Newly Married Adults in Nigeria. KIU Journal of Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 67-74, sep. 2017. ISSN 2519-0474. Available at: <https://www.ijhumas.com/ojs/index.php/kiujoss/article/view/45>. Date accessed: 12 apr. 2024.