Determinants of Marital Dissolution in Ethiopia

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Addis Abeba university


Marital dissolution has become an important subject of demographic, sociological, psychological and economic research in Ethiopia. There is very little research on divorce related problems of women in Ethiopia. The objective of this study is to examine the major factors contributing to marital dissolution of women in Ethiopia. The study is based on data from the 2005 EDHS with 7,558 ever married women. Binary logistic regression and descriptive statistical measures are used for the analysis. The result of binary logistic regression analysis revealed that age of woman, place of residence, religion of a woman, education level of a woman and number of living children in the household were the important variables that explain the marital dissolution due to divorce in the Ethiopian context. Women with lower level of education, women in the age group below eighteen years and women with no child experienced the highest rate of divorce



Marital Dissolution in Ethiopia