Contextual determinants of family dissolution in sub-Saharan Africa

Contextual determinants of family dissolution in sub-Saharan Africa

Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2017
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Somefun, Oluwaseyi Dolapo, jt. author
Journal Title: 
Development Southern Africa
Source: 
Development Southern Africa, Vol. 34, No. 6, November 2017, pp. 721-737
Abstract: 

The question of family dissolution has been widely debated by demographers, economists and health experts in developed countries. However, there appears to be a dearth of research on the contextual determinants of family dissolution in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the variations that exist within regions. This article is stimulated by the recognition that family dissolution is associated with negative consequences both for adults and for children. Using pooled data from the recent Demographic and Health Surveys of 16 SSA countries with a weighted sample of 51 474 (Central Africa), 61 069 (East Africa), 42 247 (Southern Africa) and 83 187 (West Africa) women, the article examines the contextual determinants of family dissolution in SSA. Dissolution rates ranged from 12% in East Africa to 20% in Central Africa. Socio-economic variables were strong predictors of dissolution in all of the regions although direction of association differed. This article adds to the body of knowledge of family dissolution in SSA.

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Odimegwu, Clifford

CITATION: . Contextual determinants of family dissolution in sub-Saharan Africa . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2017. Development Southern Africa, Vol. 34, No. 6, November 2017, pp. 721-737 - Available at: http://library.au.int/contextual-determinants-family-dissolution-sub-saharan-africa