INFLUENCE OF INFIDELITY AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The study examined the influence of infidelity and socio-economic status on domestic violence among married persons. The participants were selected from students and staff in the faculties of management and social sciences of Nnamdi Azikiwe University. They comprised of 208 staff (academic and non academic) and students selected through stratified and simple random sampling techniques. Their age ranged from 20 years to 51 years with a mean age of 33.7. They were 57 (27.4%) males and 151 (72.1%). A cross sectional survey design with two independent variables having 2 levels each was employed in the study. Correspondingly, two way analysis of variance statistics was used to test the data generated. The result showed a significant main effect for infidelity at F (1,203) = 13.539, < P.05 level of significance, with couples high on infidelity measures having more tendency to domestic violence than couples low on infidelity measures. However, the result further indicated no significant influence for socio-economic status at F (1,203) =321, P>.05. Based on the findings, the researchers recommended the establishment of psychological counseling units in all the communities to address the challenges of domestic violence.