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Title:Life satisfaction in rural Anambra state of Nigeria
Author(s):Walson, Patrick Afamefuna
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Nickols, Sharon Y.
Department / Program:Human and Community Development
Discipline:Human and Community Development
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Economics, General
Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Abstract:The objectives of this study were to obtain a measure of and analyze variables related to life satisfaction in rural Anambra State of Nigeria, and to compare the gender differences in life satisfaction.
Data for the study were collected in a survey of rural households in Anambra State of Nigeria. The sample was randomly selected from the rural communities. The distribution of the sample proportionately represents the population of each area. In all, 400 adult respondents from 191 households were interviewed.
Frequencies, percentage distributions, t-tests, correlations and path analysis were used to analyze the data from the survey. Path analysis was used to examine the direct and indirect effects of the demographic and satisfaction variables on life satisfaction, and to compare the gender differences in life satisfaction. The path model was linear and recursive. The causal relationships were regressed in an attempt to identify the causal effects and the direction of causality. Stepwise multiple regression procedures were used to observe the influence of the addition or omission of each variable in each equation.
The independent variables in the model were, distance of the community from an urban center, age of the respondent, total number of household members, and the educational attainment of the respondent. The intervening variables were, satisfaction with perceived health, satisfaction with health facilities, satisfaction with discretionary time, satisfaction with the family, satisfaction with resources, satisfaction with respect in the community, and community satisfaction.
The path diagrams revealed the significant causal effects and the differences in the life satisfaction of males and females. The major direct influences on the life satisfaction of males in the order of importance were, satisfaction with resources, family satisfaction, satisfaction with respect in the community, educational attainment, and distance from the nearest urban center whereas, for the females the major direct influences on life satisfaction in the order of importance were, satisfaction with the community, family satisfaction, satisfaction with resources, and satisfaction with perceived health.
Issue Date:1989
Rights Information:Copyright 1989 Walson, Patrick Afamefuna
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9011069
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9011069

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