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The Polygyny-Divorce Relationship: A Case Study of Nigeria

Anastasia J. Gage-Brandon
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 54, No. 2 (May, 1992), pp. 285-292
DOI: 10.2307/353060
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353060
Page Count: 8
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The Polygyny-Divorce Relationship: A Case Study of Nigeria
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Abstract

While the relationship between polygyny and fertility has drawn the attention of many demographers, little research has been done on the polygyny-divorce relationship. Using data from the Nigeria Fertility Survey of 1981/82 and proportional hazard models, this paper estimates the effect of polygyny on the stability of first unions. The results indicate that a simple dichotomy of polygynous and monogamous unions may be misleading. Two-wife unions are the most stable whereas unions with three or more wives are associated with the highest rates of marital disruption. These effects are independent of childlessness, marriage duration, and other factors.

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