Marriage and subjective well-being in Ghana

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  • Marriage and subjective well-being in Ghana

      Isaac Addai, Chris Opoku-Agyeman and Sarah K. Amanfu


    Pub: 2017-12-19 11:00:16

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  • this study uses individual-level data from the 2005–2008 Ghana World Values
    survey (n=1 533), to explore the extent to which marriage is associated with
    subjective well-being (sWB) in Ghana. the analyses are carried out at three
    levels: the first part presents the distribution of well-being measures (happiness
    and life satisfaction) among Ghanaians; the second uses the chi-square technique
    to assess the relationship between marital status and well-being measures by
    gender; the third probes the relative influence of marriage on happiness and life
    satisfaction, paying attention to the moderating effect of gender (included as an
    interaction term). The main finding is that marriage has a negative association
    with subjective well-being among Ghanaians. The multivariate results confirm
    that marriage undermines happiness and life satisfaction among Ghanaians.
    However, the effect is only statistically significant on happiness. The marriage
    and gender interaction term does not have a statistically significant effect
    on either happiness or life satisfaction. In addition, upon introduction of the
    interaction term into the happiness regression model, the significant negative effect of marriage on happiness changes to positive. An attempt is made to
    explain these findings, paying attention to the economic and socio-cultural
    context in which marriages occur in Ghana. Weaknesses, policy implications,
    and future direction for research are discussed.

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  • Keywords

    Gender, Ghana, happiness, life satisfaction, marriage, subjective well-being

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