Influence of some personal factors on late marriage among part-time students of ken-poly, Bori, Rivers state, Nigeria
Fyneface Dumnamene George
The purpose of this study was to investigate influence of some personal factors on late marriage among male and female part-time students of Ken-Poly, Bori, Rivers State, Nigeria. Four research questions and four corresponding hypotheses guided the conduct of the study. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The population of the study was 1635 students comprising of males and females admitted in 2013/2014 academic session in the three schools (faculties) under study. A sample of 400 respondents was used to for the study. A researcher instrument titled Correlates of Late Marriage Questionnaire (COLMAQ) was used for data collection. Face and content validities of the instrument (COLMAQ) were established. The reliability of the instrument (COLMAQ) was determined through the Cronbach alpha for a measure of its reliability. Reliability coefficients obtained were educational attainment = 69, religion = 72, parental influence = 66, personality influence = 67. After validation of the instrument (COLMAQ), copies were administered to the respondents directly by the researcher with the help of two research assistants. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions independent sample t-test was used to test all the null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. Results obtained were that: educational attainment influences late marriage among females than male students; religious factors do not influence late marriage differently among male and female students. Based on the findings, four recommendations were made among which are that: Churches, church leaders and parents should give helpful orientation to their followers so that they can have proper perspective of marriage; non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and some well meaning individuals should organize workshops, seminars and orientation programmes in schools and other public centers to prepare young minds for marriage; parents and care-givers should expose their wards to early education, especially for their female children, in order to check the harsh influence of education on late marriage.
Fyneface Dumnamene George. Influence of some personal factors on late marriage among part-time students of ken-poly, Bori, Rivers state, Nigeria. International Journal of Advanced Educational Research, Volume 4, Issue 3, 2019, Pages 22-27