Correlates of Marital Dissolution Among Ever-married Women in Cameroon: A cross-sectional Demographic and Health Survey

Miranda Ngumbusi Tumanjong, N/A
Stephen Ojiambo Wandera, Makerere University
Betty Kwagala, Makerere University

This study intended to assess factors associated with marital dissolution among ever-married women in Cameroon. The study was guided by the objectives to identify factors such as demographic, socioeconomic, and intimate partner violence associated with marital dissolution among ever-married women in Cameroon. Secondary data source was used. Data was obtained from the 2018 Cameroon demographic and health survey, with a sample of 4,562 women obtained from the domestic violence module. The data was analyzed using statistical package which was presented in frequency distribution tables and percentages. Chi-square tests and binary logistic regression models were used to establish associated factors. The study findings revealed that age, place of residence, region, religion, and number of children ever born were associated to marital dissolution among eve-married women in Cameroon. In addition, wealth index, women’s work status, husband/partner’s characteristics and experience of emotional intimate partner violence were found associated. The findings above implied that there is a strong relationship between marital dissolution and background characteristics. Intimate partner violence and marital dissolution are also strongly associated. the study recommends community-level studies to understand baseline causes of divorce, for intervention. Couples’ counseling, information, education, and communication are necessary for emotional IPV and control issues.

Keywords: Family demography

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  Presented in Session 182. Union Dissolution Around the World: Predictors and Outcomes