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Urbanization and living away type of marriage: The case of Kampala City, Uganda.

Tumwine Fredrick, Makerere university
James Ntozi, Makerere University

Uganda’s urban population was 3% in 1950, increased to 12% in 2002. The majority of the urban population (80%) are poor and lack access to adequate housing and infrastructure. Sixty percent of the residents in Kampala live in slums. Urbanization influences marriage patterns, one of which is living away type of marriage. Living away type of marriage was more common in urban than rural areas. Logistic regression analysis showed that urban residents were 2 times more likely to be in living away type of marriage than their rural counterparts. Living away type of marriage was due to some married men being migrant workers leaving their wives at home and the nature of jobs that make separation of spouses inevitable. Living away type of marriage was implicated as being one of the causes of the spread of HIV/AIDs. Separation of couples predisposes these groups to have sexual contacts with multiple partners.

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