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This study was initiated to investigate the effect of divorce among the Hausa community with particular reference to Dutsin-ma local government area in Katsina state. Other specific objectives are to: examine the factors responsible for divorce among Hausas; examine the effects of divorce among Hausas and proffer possible solutions to divorce in the study area. The study employed the survey research design and the stratified random sampling technique was used in selection of respondents. A total of 60 questionnaires were distributed to the sampled population. Findings revealed that divorce is prevalent in Dutsin-ma. moreso, findings revealed that factors responsible for divorce among Hausas include poverty, unemployment, lack of mutual understanding among couples and power tussle. Furthermore, it was also revealed that effects of divorce ranges from poverty, delinquency among children, crime, hunger and starvation among victims. The study however recommended that certain strategies should be adopted so as to enhance a divorce free society: there should be an elaborate form of mutual understanding between couples; religious and traditional ruler should engage in public enlightenment of the masses on the effects of divorce on the individual and society at large; government should implement and strengthen policies so as to improve the educational sector in the delivering of knowledge; government should enact laws and policy that will create job opportunities for the masses; citizens should undergo the process of re-socialization and re-orientation.
1.1 Background to the Study
Marriage is an important institution in every society; it provides the means for the satisfaction of sexual relation and have rules and regulations of sexual competition and interest in the society. By ordering and channeling the satisfaction of sexual urge and channeling procreative energies, marriage helps the society to reduce the potential volume of conflict and other social problems associated with sexual deviance.
Marriage is a building block upon which all families are built upon, without marriage there will be no families. Today, the institution of family is in continues decline due to increase in domestic violence and high rate of divorce. Unestimated number of people have witnessed several occurrence of divorce and in several ways and at different circumstances with sad things like domestic violence, violence against women.
In Nigeria, in recent years, marital instability is one of the problems bedeviling the society and especially rampant among the Hausa communities. This may be due to the nature and customs of Hausa people and external influence on Hausa culture.
Furthermore, cases of child marriage and other forms of marriages arranged by parents are more in Hausa communities which may cause marital instability and to some extent divorce. This divorce may lead to serious social problems such as, family dissolution, inadequate socialization which in turn may lead to deviance and delinquency.
1.2 Statement of The Research Problem
Marriage is a fundamental issue that brings about family union, and that the intense and close interaction creates a primary unit that functions as a major source of sustaining affection and love for each other i.e. for both parents and children. It also provides a means of legitimizing the husband/wife relationship as it legitimizes the sexual satisfaction.
To this extent, divorce is seen as a distortion to the stability of the society because is a hindrance to the socialization of children Due to neglect and incapability of the parents, the children may likely to have a low level of socialization, lack of proper education, high level of juvenile delinquency. Divorce tears young people from familiar surroundings, entangle them in bitter feuding and distance them from a parent they love. Divorce changes the course- of many children's entire lives, causing emotional and behavioral problems and raising the risk of dropping out of school and getting into trouble with the law. II any case parents should remember that (when couples think about divorce) more harm their own well-being is at stake (Wallenstein and Lee, 1989).
The issue of divorce becomes more pronounced especially in northern part of Nigeria, Dutsin-Ma Local Government of Katsina State inclusive, as a result of this we have low level of socialization and high level of children with delinquencies as well as emotional and psychological problems. In most cases, the custody of the child goes to one parent some children might find themselves in a hostile or strange environment especially when the custodian parent remarries, problem of training the child begin to manifest themselves in a different ways and the child become a problem.
Between the Kanuri in the east and the Songhai in the west and stretching from the Niger-Benue junction to the desert south of Agades lies the home of the Hausa speaking people", because the Hausa are not of one tribe or race, they originated from the mingling of different tribal or racial groups of negro farmers and Nomadic from the desert these people have been moulded into something like a nation by the possession of a common language and culture, but in reality, there is no Hausa race or nation. The word "Hausa" refers more to the language than the people. Today, the Hausa language is spoken over a wide area in the Sudan as far west as Timbuktu and as far east as Wadi. But in the Northern part of Nigeria the homeland of the Hausa it is spoken over eight million people (Onwubiko 1982).
The Hausa are predominantly Muslims they consider marriage as a sacred institution governed by the Sharia'a or Islamic law. The harmony in the family unit builds a better community and consequently determines the quality of life in a society (Ahmad 2001). Between January and October 2010 about 126 cases of juvenile delinquency reported to police in Dutsin-Ma 73 out of the total figure are children of. Divorced parents. While in social welfare unit Dutsin-Ma Local Government 10 cases of missing children were reported and 8 out of the 10 are children of divorced parents (Nigeria police divisional office & social welfare unit Dutsin-Ma Local Government).
1.3 Research Questions
The following questions will guide this study:
1. What is the nature of divorce among Hausas in Dutsin-Ma Local Government?
2. What are the factors responsible for divorce within the Hausa in Dutsin-Ma Local Government?
3. What are the possible way in which the problems of divorce among Hausas in the area can be reduced?
1.4  Aims and Objectives of the Research
The aim of this research is to examine the phenomenon of divorce among the Hausa in Dutsin-ma local government area of Katsina state. However, other specific objectives are:
1. To examine the factors responsible for divorce among Hausas
2. To study and examine the effects of divorce among Hausas in Dutsin-Ma Local Government.
3. To come up with possible solutions to divorce for the betterment of the people in the study area.

Chapters: 1 - 5
Delivery: Email
Number of Pages: 50

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