Socio-economic correlates of marital status and marriage timing among adult men in Nigeria

David Okunlola, Viable Knowledge Masters & Viable Helpers Development Organization
Olusesan A. Makinde, Viable Knowledge Masters
Stella Babalola, Johns Hopkins University

There is a gradual tendency towards prolonged bachelorhood among men in Nigeria. Studies have linked this to socio-economic factors, but this evidence is sparsely explored in the context of Nigeria. Hence, this study fills the knowledge gap. The 2016/17 Nigeria Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey data of 7,803 adult men (aged 18-34 years) was analysed by using descriptive statistics, binary logistic regression, and fitting Cox regression models. Results show that slightly more than one-third of adult men in Nigeria (35%) had a marriage history and their median age at first marriage was about 24 years. Educated men (than the uneducated), and those the in middle wealth group (than the poor men) were less likely to have ever been married and to delay marriage respectively. Wealthy men were more likely to delay marriage. Employed men were more likely to have a marriage history and to delay marriage.

Keywords: Family demography

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  Presented in Session 161. Family Systems, Kinship and Marriage Timing