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Title: Relationship between Selected Socio-Cultural Factors, Level of Marital Stability and Seeking Marital Counselling among Married Fishers in Siaya County, Kenya
Authors: Odhiambo, Akoth Rosemary Judith
Keywords: Seeking Marital Counselling among Married Fishers i
Seeking Marital Counselling among Married Fishers i
Issue Date: Nov-2021
Publisher: Egerton University
Abstract: Marriage and counselling are based on social cohesion, values, behaviour and beliefs which are strongly associated with socio-cultural factors. Socio-cultural factors may play a vital role in explaining and understanding marital stability and counselling. In Siaya County, there are socio-cultural factors that in many ways influence the behaviour of individuals and entire communities. The purpose of this study was to establish the relationship between selected socio-cultural factors, level of marital stability and seeking marital counselling among fishers in Siaya County of Kenya. The socio-cultural factors were ethnic values and religious beliefs. This study was guided by Vygotsky’s socio-cultural theory. The study used a causal comparative research design to investigate the outcomes of differences that already exist among groups of individuals and how they affect their overall marital relationship and counseling seeking behaviour. The target population comprised 10370 registered married fishers, 75 beach leaders and 23 religious’ leaders in the main landing sites of Siaya County. All the fishers formed accessible population. Using the Yamane formula, the sampled size was arrived at as 99 married fishers. The sample size of fishers was determined as a proportion of the total population and sample size determined by simple random sampling. Purposive sampling technique was utilised to arrive at 8 beach leaders and 8 religious’ leaders. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected using interview schedule for married fishers and interview guide for beach leaders and religious leaders. The validity of the interview schedule was established by two counselling experts from Department of Psychology, Counselling and Education Foundations of Egerton University. The reliability of the interview schedule was established using Cronbach’s alpha following pilot study. The value obtained was 0.85. Data were analysed using frequencies, percentages and correlation analysis. The findings indicated that majority of the fishers had unsatisfied-stable marriages which varied with age, length of marriage, type of marriage and parenting status. Most fishers sought some form of marital counselling for serious problems which also varied according to age, length of marriage, type of marriage and parenting status. There was a positive relationship between religious beliefs and ethnic values with marital stability and a negative relationship between religious beliefs and seeking marital counselling. The study recommends counselling for fishers to improve marriages to satisfied-stable and the professional counsellors within the reach of fishers to promote religious beliefs. Finally, the religious organisations to come up with programmes and activities to provide marital counselling.
Marriage and counselling are based on social cohesion, values, behaviour and beliefs which are strongly associated with socio-cultural factors. Socio-cultural factors may play a vital role in explaining and understanding marital stability and counselling. In Siaya County, there are socio-cultural factors that in many ways influence the behaviour of individuals and entire communities. The purpose of this study was to establish the relationship between selected socio-cultural factors, level of marital stability and seeking marital counselling among fishers in Siaya County of Kenya. The socio-cultural factors were ethnic values and religious beliefs. This study was guided by Vygotsky’s socio-cultural theory. The study used a causal comparative research design to investigate the outcomes of differences that already exist among groups of individuals and how they affect their overall marital relationship and counseling seeking behaviour. The target population comprised 10370 registered married fishers, 75 beach leaders and 23 religious’ leaders in the main landing sites of Siaya County. All the fishers formed accessible population. Using the Yamane formula, the sampled size was arrived at as 99 married fishers. The sample size of fishers was determined as a proportion of the total population and sample size determined by simple random sampling. Purposive sampling technique was utilised to arrive at 8 beach leaders and 8 religious’ leaders. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected using interview schedule for married fishers and interview guide for beach leaders and religious leaders. The validity of the interview schedule was established by two counselling experts from Department of Psychology, Counselling and Education Foundations of Egerton University. The reliability of the interview schedule was established using Cronbach’s alpha following pilot study. The value obtained was 0.85. Data were analysed using frequencies, percentages and correlation analysis. The findings indicated that majority of the fishers had unsatisfied-stable marriages which varied with age, length of marriage, type of marriage and parenting status. Most fishers sought some form of marital counselling for serious problems which also varied according to age, length of marriage, type of marriage and parenting status. There was a positive relationship between religious beliefs and ethnic values with marital stability and a negative relationship between religious beliefs and seeking marital counselling. The study recommends counselling for fishers to improve marriages to satisfied-stable and the professional counsellors within the reach of fishers to promote religious beliefs. Finally, the religious organisations to come up with programmes and activities to provide marital counselling.
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