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The psychology of unmarried men in Nairobi: A case study of three bachelors over forty

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dc.contributor.author Gicheru, Esther
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-05T13:35:28Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-05T13:35:28Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.issn SSN 2141-6672 © 2013 Academic Journals
dc.identifier.uri DOI: 10.5897/AJHC12.030
dc.identifier.uri http://localhost:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/666
dc.description A research article published in the African Journal of History and Culture en_US
dc.description.abstract Equal number of males and females in Nairobi today says that they want to settle down and raise a family. More women than men, however, wish they were married and are currently in search for a life mate. However, although there are many marriageable women, some men still remain unmarried even after clocking the marriageable age. If we assume that marriage is a conscious and deliberate choice, then the internal logic, self-understanding, or rationales of such men should provide answers. This study therefore sought to discover and understand the perspective of men aged 40 and above who are still unmarried. The study explored the experiences of three men who are self acclaimed senior bachelors living and working in Nairobi. A convenient sample obtained through snowballing was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and the data tape recorded. Phenomenological immersion and thematic analysis were employed in the analysis of the transcribed data. A thematic description was provided narrating the essence of the phenomenon as experienced by the participants. The study found out that early childhood experiences relating to parental relationships have a cardinal effect on whether or not a male views the institution of marriage positively or with dread. Financial considerations and economics of scale also play a huge role in the choice to marry or not. Prescriptions that may encourage men to marry by age 40 and change the current social trajectory include public social policies geared towards strengthening marriages, such as issuing decrees to ensure some lucrative jobs in government were restricted to men, youths’ empowerment such as developing and implementing measures to promote the economic enfranchisement of young people which helps them to create choices in life. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic Journals en_US
dc.subject The psychology en_US
dc.subject Unmarried men en_US
dc.subject Three bachelors en_US
dc.title The psychology of unmarried men in Nairobi: A case study of three bachelors over forty en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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