THE INFLUENCE OF CORONAVIRUS ON MARITAL RELATIONSHIP IN KENYA
Keywords:Communication, COVID 19, Economic Condition, Influence, Marriage.
Coronavirus disease continues to ravage the world with the global statistics indicating approximately 219 million cases and 4.5 million deaths, a situation that has led to fear and worry among the population. The disease is associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The World Health Organization recommended measures to contain the spread of the virus such as social distancing and use of masks, among others. The outbreak of the pandemic in Kenya in March 2020 saw the country adopt containment measures proposed by World Health Organization. Restricted movement and confinement affected marital relationships across the globe. This proposal abstract intends to explore the influence of Coronavirus Disease on marital relationships in Kenya. This study is guided by three objectives; to examine the influence of Coronavirus on communication among married couples, to establish the influence of Coronavirus on economic condition among married couples and to document coping mechanisms employed by the couples. The study is grounded on social systems approach by Talcott Parsons and will be conducted in Bondo Sub county, which has a total of 39,790 married monogamous families. Krejcie and Morgan sample size determination table has been used to arrive at a sample of 381 married monogamous families. Further, systematic random sampling has been used to obtain 50 males and 50 females from married monogamous families. Data collection is in the process through the use of structured questionnaires. Quantitative data will be analyzed using SPSS while qualitative data will be analyzed as per the thematic areas. Data obtained may be useful in informing policy related to Coronavirus and marital relationships.
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