THE PERCEPTION OF URBAN COUPLES IN THEIR TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY ROLES

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THE PERCEPTION OF URBAN COUPLES IN THEIR TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY ROLES

ABSTRACT

The study was undertaken to find out the perception of urban couples in their traditional and contemporary roles. The study also investigated the preferred changes in gender roles of urban couples. The null Hypotheses stated were tested using t-test in order to determine the existence of significance for the acceptance or rejection of each of the hypothesis. The main research method adopted for the study was survey method. The data collected was by means of questionnaire. The questionnaire was administered to 3 00 couples selected for the study in the six local government area in Lagos State. The data collected were analysed using frequency distribution and percentages. The findings of the study revealed that gender was one of the major factors that influenced the couples roles. Education, contrary to our believe does not have any bearing in the roles of couples. According to the findings, the following were also revealed: (1) The traditional roles of couples are still practiced by couples in the urban cities. (ii) The women have additional roles apart from their traditional roles. They contribute to the financial management of the home. (iii) Couples preferred changes to be made in some areas of their roles, such as financial management, household chores, and decision making. (4) They indicated their willingness to preferred roles in the home for the smooth running of the home, It was found that there was no difference in the opinion of men based on education on their traditional and contemporary roles likewise the women. There was difference in the traditional and contemporary roles of urban couples and lastly significance difference existed between husbands and wives on their preferred roles. Recommendations were made for the couples to adjust their roles for more effective family living. For example (1) Couples should within themselves take up preferred roles (2) Joint decision of both husband and wife should prevail among families. (3) Couples should avoid gender distinction among their children when sharing roles. (4) Roles should be taught in primary schools, domestic and vocational schools in order to prepare students for their future roles in the home.

THE PERCEPTION OF URBAN COUPLES IN THEIR TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY ROLES

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