Uju P. Egenti (PhD), Igboasokwu Jane Achi, Augustina Chinwe Ikechebelu


This correlational survey study investigated the relationship between extra marital behaviours and family instability among married people in Owerri Education Zone, Imo State. Four research questions and three null hypotheses tested at .05 level of significance guided the study. Using Multi-Stage Sampling technique, 450 respondents were sampled from the total population of 603588 married people in Owerri Education Zone. The instruments for data collection was a researcher structured questionnaire titled Extra Marital Behaviours and Family Instability Questionnaire (EBFIQ). The instrument was face validated by three experts in the Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria Nsukka. This instrument was trial tested and Cronbach Alpha reliability statistic was used to determine the internal consistency of the instrument and an overall reliability Co-efficient value of 0.80 was obtained. The major findings of the study indicated that both married men and women exhibited various forms of extra marital behaviours, it also showed that inability of husbands in providing family needs, husband initiating sex always among others were factors responsible for exhibition of extra marital behaviours among couples, and that there is a significant relationship between extra marital behaviours and family instability, among others. Based on the findings and implications of this study, the researcher recommended among others, that husband and wife should respect their marriage vows to avoid extra marital behaviours that may ruin their families.


Extra Marital Behavior, Family Instability and Married People.

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