Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Print ISSN: 1544-1458; Online ISSN: 1939-6104)


Work-Life Balance as Predictor of Marital Stability among Working Women in Lagos, Nigeria

Author(s): Angela C. Okojide, Olujide A. Adekeye, Gbadebo O. Adejumo, Osore Adebisi, Sussan O. Adeusi, Jonathan A. Odukoya, Elizabeth I. Olowookere, Ayotunde O. Elegbeleye, Julie E. Ilogho

This study was designed to explore work-life balance, as predictors of marital stability among women in Lagos State. A total of 540 married female secondary school teachers and bankers participated in the study through multistage sampling procedures from schools and banks in five local government areas of Lagos State. The study employed the descriptive survey design. The participants completed measures of the Work-Life Balance and Revised Marital Adjustment Scales. Two research questions and two research hypotheses were raised. The research questions were answered using the descriptive statistics while the hypotheses were tested at p=0.05 level of significance, using inferential statistics. Simple linear regression analysis was used to test hypothesis one while independent sample t- test for hypothesis two. The results revealed a high prevalence of problems associated with work-life balance among women in Lagos State. Work-life balance was found to significantly influence marital stability (F=18.913, p<0.05). Furthermore, no significant difference was found in the marital stability of teachers and bankers (t=2.751, P>.05). Based on the findings, the study recommends: promotion and implementation of work-life balance policies/initiatives, promotion and establishment of work-place/occupational counselling services in collaboration with human resources department as their activities will assist employees to build and develop good state of mental health, emotional and interpersonal relationships. The study concluded that there was high prevalence of problems associated with work-life balance and that work-life balance significantly influences marital stability. Finally, no significant difference was found in the marital stability of working women in Lagos State.

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