Psychosocial Factors as Predictors of Couples’ Intention to Divorce: The Case of Dilla Town, SNNPRS

Tademe Zula Biramo


The purpose of this study was to examine the Psychosocial Factors as Predictors of Couples’ Intention to Divorce in Dilla town. In doing so, descriptive cross-sectional research design was employed. Data were produced from 64 participants (i.e., 30 male and 34 female) couples who appealed in Dilla court to conclude their relationship through divorce. Sample was selected through simple random sampling technique. Questionnaire, document analysis and key informant interview protocols were utilized as data gathering tools. Data analysis was conducted through regression analysis and thematic content analysis. The results confirmed that lack of commitment; communication skills and deprived skill to challenge life demands were major factors. Particularly, lack of commitment demonstrated more influence on couple’s decision to indulge into divorce followed by poor communication skills and economic challenges. As to demographic variable, females/wives were more tend to initiate divorce decision than males/husbands. Moreover, couples from early adulthood were more prone to initiate divorce than couples from middle adulthood and above. Thus, the policy makers, court workers, psychologists, religious leaders, elders, women and children affairs bureaus, NGO’s and other concerned bodies should focus on promoting healthy marital life.

Keywords: Psychosocial Factors/Predictors, Intention to Divorce and Couples.

DOI: 10.7176/JPCR/55-01

Publication date:May 31st 2022

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