International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 217

Full Length Research Paper

Marital adjustment of working class and non-working class women in Port Harcourt metropolis, Nigeria

  Tamunoimama Jamabo* and Sunday N. Ordu    
  Department of Educational Psychology, Guidance and Counselling, Rivers State University of Education, P. M. B. 5047, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 18 September 2012
  •  Published: 30 November 2012



This paper examines the marital adjustment of working class and non-working class women in Port Harcourt metropolis in Rivers State, Nigeria. The survey research design was used for the study. The sample consisted of three hundred (300) subjects selected through multi-stage random sampling procedure from four selected suburbs- Oroworokwo, Rebisi, Ogbunabali, and Orogbum in the Port Harcourt metropolis. Data was collected using the Marital Adjustment Questionnaire that was constructed by the researchers. Independent t-test statistics was used to test the first and second hypotheses while analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to test the third hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. Results showed that both working class and non-working class women exhibit no clear difference in their marital adjustment. The educational attainment of women does not affect their marital adjustment. Women who are of low income status exhibit the same degree of marital adjustment as those of high income status. The implications of the findings are discussed.


Key words: Nigeria, working class women, marital adjustment, educational attainment.