# STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF AGES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES IN AKWA IBOM STATE

### STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF AGES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES IN AKWA IBOM STATE  (A CASE STUDY OF UYO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, AKWA IBOM STATE)

CHAPTER ONE

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

• Preliminary

In Nigeria, it is common practice that before marriage, many factors are considered some of which are the financial strength of the intended couples maturity, that is their ability to manage situations of life love and affection, and a condition that the couple must be adults, which is determine ed by their ages.

Age is the length of time somebody or something has existed it is simply a distinct period of history and Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary puts it as “the number of years that a person has lived or a thing has existed” And the principle of marriage centre on it.

In our country a person is counted as an adult when he or she has attained the age of 18 years and above. And a valid marriage life can only commence between people from this age upwards.

Marriage is a divine union instituted by God Almighty and a holy matrimony between two individuals gives the product of husband and wife, since age is one of the determining factors of this union, the analysis of ages of some married couples in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State would be examined in course of this study, in order to determine the relationship that exist between their ages.

• Statement of Problem

This seeks to ascertain whether there is any existing relationship between the ages of husband and wives married between 20 and 45 years in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Many questions arise when the ages of husbands and wives are considered which are;

1. Is there any relationship between the ages of husbands and wives?
2. If  there is, what is the strength of this relationship
3. Can one fit a statistically accepted regression equation to data obtained from the ages of husbands and wives?
• Objection of the Study

The objective of the study includes;

• To ascertain whether there is any significant difference between the ages of husbands and wives
• Fit a regression equation to the ages of husbands and wives
• Estimate the extent of the relationship between the ages of husbands and wives in Akwa Ibom State, using Uyo Local Government Area as a case study
• Statement of Hypothesis

Two hypotheses are proposed to be tested in this study. The first hypothesis has to do with average ages of husbands and wives while the other deals with relationship between the ages of husband and wives which are hypotheses A and B respectively

Hypothesis A

Null (H0): average ages of husbands and wives are not the same.

Symbolically, this hypothesis can be presented

H0; mc= my

Against

HI; mc¹ my

Where: mc= Average ages of husband, which is the independent variable and my= Average ages of wives is the dependent variable.

Hypothesis B