The Association between Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Marital Satisfaction among Nurses in Benin, Nigeria

Olaide Nathaniel Koleoso, Israel Odunmayowa Aina, Enobakhare Uwadiae


Objectives: The objective of this study was to determine the potential socio-demographic characteristics (age, job experience, educational attainment and length of marriage) that could contribute to marital satisfaction among Nigerian nurses. 

Method: This study utilised a cross-sectional survey design and data were collected from 181 (173 female and 8 male) respondents selected through the purposive sampling technique at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria. The mean age was 35.39 years (SD = 8.65, range = 21-59 years). Nurses completed a questionnaire consisting of the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (α = .62). 

Results: There was a significant difference between the degree-holder nurses and the holders of each of the other two certificates (Registered nurse and Registered Midwife) on marital satisfaction. However, age, job experience, and length of marriage did not significantly influence marital satisfaction. 

Conclusion: Educational attainment is an important factor to be considered by employers of labour, clinicians, guidance counsellors, family life educators and nurses experiencing conflict between paid work and family life which affecting their marital satisfaction.

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Staff Nurses; Marital Satisfaction; Socio-demographic Characteristics; Nigeria

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