EFFECTS OF DIVORCE ON WOMEN’S FINANCIAL STATUS, EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING AND SELF-ESTEEM

RESEARCH PROPOSAL Chapter One: Introduction Divorce is a phenomenon that affects the emotional, physical and social wellbeing of the divorcees and those close to them. Most people do not enter into marriage with the intention of getting divorced. But divorce in a rapidly changing, industrialising Nigeria is fast becoming a common event, something that many will experience, or have already experienced.  In Nigeria, the divorce rate according to Alice (2012 citing the Almanac Book of Facts), was over 12,000 every year since 1975. Although, tatistical records of marital instability are not compiled in Nigeria as yet. But Newspaper often report cases of marital disruption on weekly basis in Lagos and its environs. In Kwara State, the Ministry of Information and Culture recorded that 1,697 Marriages were registered for both the Churches and Marriage Registry from 1984-1988. During the same period (1984-88) there were 12,104 divorces (Court Case File, Child Welfare Centre and Oja-oba Area Courts, Ilorin). According to these records, the rate of divorces over marriages is at 71% approximately 7 divorces to every marriage (7:1). This shows that in Nigeria, a lot of couples did not go through the court, church or mosque to conduct their wedding but approach the court for dissolution of marriages. Women experiencing divorce often find themselves in a situation that is not shared by friends and family.  The problems they experience are different to those experienced by other members of their community, and consequently  they may feel isolated from the community. Demographers predict that more than 45% of first-time marriages in the 21st  century will eventually end in divorce (Amato, 2010; Cherlin, 2010; Clarke-Stewart & Brentano, 2006). Research is plentiful on the topic of divorce, particularly as they affect children of the divorcees. However, there are limited data and scholarly works on the impact of divorce on women in Nigeria. It is on this basis that this study addresses the impact of divorce on women with specific reference to financial status, emotional well being, and self-esteem. Chapter Two: Literature Review Chapter two focuses on the literature review; and contextualizes divorce within the theoretical framework of divorce-stress-adjustment perspective. The study discussed the relationship between first, divorce and women financial status; divorce and emotional well being; and divorce and self-esteem. Chapter Three: Research Methodology This chapter deals with the methodology and the research instrument to be used in getting data for the study. This study uses

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