Pattern of Marriage in a Roadside Town in South-Western Ethiopia

Study conducted in 1967 in the outpatient department of the health-centre in Bonga, the capital of Kafa-district in Kafa-province, as part of an evaluation of psychiatric morbidity in an ordinary outpatient population. Of 500 interviewed and examined visitors of the health-centre 561 aged 16 years or more were included in the study Further information regarding the types of marriage prevailing in this area came from other Ethiopians, priests of the Lazarist-mission, the Kadi of Bonga. The findings are presented in 10 tables. They were compared with those of surveys in Jima (1966) and Addis Ababa (I960). Of the examinated 561 cases 55 per cent had been married more than once. The instability of marriage did not correlate with religion, ethnic group, rural or urban background, the occurrence of psychiatric illness. The most important reason for divorce: migration of the husband, mainly for occupational purposes. Other reasons: illness, infertility The authors believe that the instability of marriage is a pattern of life rather than an expression of emotional instability Literature.

Title: Pattern of Marriage in a Roadside Town in South-Western Ethiopia
Authors: Giel, R.
Luijk, J.N. Van
Year: 1968
Periodical: Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Period: July
Pages: 61-69
Language: English
Geographic term: Ethiopia
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/41960900
Abstract: Study conducted in 1967 in the outpatient department of the health-centre in Bonga, the capital of Kafa-district in Kafa-province, as part of an evaluation of psychiatric morbidity in an ordinary outpatient population. Of 500 interviewed and examined visitors of the health-centre 561 aged 16 years or more were included in the study Further information regarding the types of marriage prevailing in this area came from other Ethiopians, priests of the Lazarist-mission, the Kadi of Bonga. The findings are presented in 10 tables. They were compared with those of surveys in Jima (1966) and Addis Ababa (I960). Of the examinated 561 cases 55 per cent had been married more than once. The instability of marriage did not correlate with religion, ethnic group, rural or urban background, the occurrence of psychiatric illness. The most important reason for divorce: migration of the husband, mainly for occupational purposes. Other reasons: illness, infertility The authors believe that the instability of marriage is a pattern of life rather than an expression of emotional instability Literature.