Impact of urbanization on cohabitation in Kampala city

Tumwine Fredrick, Makerere University
James Ntozi, Makerere University

Impact of urbanization on co-habitation in Kampala city Dr Fredrick Ruguma TUMWINE and Prof. James NTOZI Abstract The paper reveals that urbanization is responsible for the increasing levels of co-habitation as a type of marriage although it is not legally recognized. Qualitative and quantitative data derived from a survey and focus group discussions (FGDs) in 2004 was used in the study. Logistic regression analysis shows that the area of residence is the second most significant factor in influencing co-habitation after tribe. The study also reveals that a significant percentage of religious marriages start by cohabiting. Studying each other, poverty, delay to inform parents, lack of accommodation and rejection of partners by parents were the main causes of co-habitation. Co-habitation is regarded as a form of secret marriage that should be legalized in order to prevent it from spreading HIV/AIDs. Key words: Co-habitation, urbanization and type of marriage.

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Presented in Session 8: Trends and determinants in union formation