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MARITAL INSTABILITY IN NIGERIA: IMPLICATION BOR GROWING-UP CHILDREN

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Abstract

Marriage, family and community are among the oldest
soclal institutions in every part of the world today.
Society honour8 these institutions because of the maaifest
functions they perform by replenishing dead members without
which the society will drive Into extinction, and closely
Witting the social make-upa of the society within a particular
area. It ia evidently clear that without marriage the family
and community wonld not exist and without families, the
community la no where.
Recently, however, the institution of marriage hae been
tarapered with in so many areas that an unmarried viewer ponder
and concludes-that *M-.thirn is all there is in marriage, f
better remain eingle". Many see it aa a mere choioe of a
partner and giving birth to ahildren. They men to forget that
marrlage is the longest pereonal commitment that anyone makes,
with the whole adult life-time involved, For othera,, it is
a commitment not only to a shared life with a spouse but also to parenthood.