Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Marital Wellbeing among Married Persons in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, Nigeria.
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Anyama, S. C.
uniprintNT, Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT 0909 Australia
The COVID-19 lockdown imposed by the Federal and State Governments across the country especially in Lagos State to curtail the spread of COVID-19 affected marital wellbeing. The lockdown and restrictions forced couples to stay together irrespective of their marital challenges. The study examined the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on marital wellbeing among married persons. Three research hypotheses guided the study. The study was limited to married persons in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, Nigeria. Eti-Osa Local Government Area was chosen for the study because it is one of the local governments with the highest numbers of cases recorded in Lagos State. A descriptive survey research design was used in the study. Seventy-five (75) married persons were sampled using a stratified sampling technique (39 women and 36 men). A 25-item modified Index of Marital Satisfaction (IMS) was used for data collection. The questionnaire has a reliability coefficient of 0.87. The data collected were analysed using one-way and two-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) statistical tools at 0.05 level of significance. The results of the analyses showed that there is a significant impact of COVID-19 lockdown on marital wellbeing. Secondly, the length of marriage during the COVID-19 lockdown has no significant influence on marital wellbeing. Finally, there is a significant gender impact of COVID-19 lockdown on marital wellbeing with the men significantly manifesting negative mental health than women due to COVID19 lockdown. These findings were exhaustively discussed and their implications for counselling were equally discussed. Based on these findings, the study recommends systematic counselling for married persons on the need for and impact of creating and spending quality time with the family, irrespective of their busy schedules.
COVID-19 , marital wellbeing , COVID-19 lockdown , married persons , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Anyama, S.C. (2022b). Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Marital Wellbeing among Married Persons in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, Nigeria. In S. Bolaji, A. Oni & S. Anyama (Eds): African Education and Diaspora Studies. Darwin NT, 134-148. Australia