Socio-demographic factors in the marital status of older Ghanaians

  • J. Adeku Population Census Office, Ghana

Abstract

In this paper, marriage patterns among older Ghanaians are examined. A main aim is to assess the marital behaviour of these persons and the extent to which the behaviour is influenced by intervening variables such as urban or rural place of residence and gender. The data used were obtained from the Ghana population censuses of 1960 and 1970, specifically the Supplementary Enquiry (SE) and the Post-Enumeration Survey (PES), respectively, the 1984 census and a survey conducted in 1991. An analysis of the data sets has revealed significant differences: marital status is shown to vary according to gender and place of residence be it urban or rural.

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Published
1999-04-01