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Analyzing the perception of the impact of wives higher income on husbands in marital relationships in Otukpo L.G.A. of Benue State, Nigeria

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Home Science and Management, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria
  • 2Department of Home Science and Management, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 8, Issue (2), Pages 1-5, July,27 (2020)


This study analyzed the perception of the impacts of wives higher income on husbands in marital relationships among couples in Otukpo L.G.A. Benue State. The objectives of the study were to identify the reasons wives higher income affected marital relationship and to examine the impact of wives higher income on husbands. Two research questions and one hypothesis guided the study. The Mean and chi square were used for analysis. The study employed survey design method. The sample size was 186 couples. Purposive sampling technique was used. Questionnaire was used for data collection. The findings revealed that according to the husbands, the highest reason wives income affected marital relationships was that husbands did not feel like the head of the household (3.72), while the highest impact was that husbands had inferiority complex / low self esteem (3.51). The Result of the hypothesis revealed that X2-tab 9.488 was greater than X2-Cal 1.23. Therefore the hypothesis was accepted. The following was recommended: Marriage / family therapists should organize forums that will help couples strengthen the ego of husbands whenever they felt belittled; they should find strategies to help couples work together when wives salaries are higher than the husbands.


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