Ajake Uchenna Egodi, Agom Julia Inyor


The study examined the relationship between marital conflict and job effectiveness of working married women in tertiary institutions in Cross River State, Nigeria. The survey research design was used. The population of the study was 486 married women working in four tertiary institutions in Cross River State. Using purposive sampling technique, 160 married women were drawn as sample for the study.  Data was generated through a well-structured and validated questionnaire captioned Marital Conflict and Job Effectiveness Questionnaire (MCJEQ). Cronbach coefficient Alpha reliability method was used for the test of reliability.  Reliability estimates of the sub scales of the instrument ranged from 0.613 to 0.838. Consequently, the instrument was found to be adequately reliable for use in the study. Data was analysed using descriptive statistics to answer the research question and the Pearson product moment correlation was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance.  The result of the analysis shows that marital conflict among women in tertiary institution was perceived to be caused by late night with friends, extra-marital relationship, finances, in-law involvement and the use of mobile phone. Furthermore, there exists a significant relationship between conflict arising from child care and job effectiveness of women in tertiary institutions in Cross River State. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that the government and other organizations (religious) should direct efforts in amelioration of marital conflicts through the psychologist and counselors in various institutions and religious institutions alike.

Keywords: Marriage, conflict, women academic, job.

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