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International Journal of Family and Home Science, Vol.14 (1) (Jan.-April, 2018) (47-57)

Views of Undergraduate Female Students about Sexual Relationships, Divorce, Remarriage, Singlehood and Their Reasons for it

Akshata Sheelawantar* Vishala Patnam** and Ramana Desetty***


*Postgraduate
Vasanthrao Naik Maratwada Krishi Vidyapeet
Parbahni (MS)

**Associate Dean (H.Sc) 
Vasanthrao Naik Maratwada Krishi Vidyapeet
Parbahni (MS)

***Professor (CAS)
Vasanthrao Naik Maratwada Krishi Vidyapeet
Parbahni (MS)

 

Abstract

 
A sample of 150 undergraduate female students were chosen at random from the Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, Parbhani district, Maharashtra state. Out of 150, 81 students belonged to low SES group and the remaining 69 to middle SES group. A semi-structured cum open ended interview schedule was prepared to elicit information from them. Irrespective of SES, all UG female students (100%) expressed negative views about premarital sexual relationships. All of them (100%) expressed the reasons that the partners get social stigma of bad reputation as it is not accepted in family & society and also leads to various problems in marital life followed by partners become victim of sexually transmitted diseases (68%). All of them also (100%) expressed negative views about extramarital sexual relationships as it leads to crisis in marital life and gets social stigma of bad reputation followed by loose respect and identity in family & society (88%) and partners become victims of sexually transmitted diseases (86%). Fifty nine percent the sample students expressed unfavorable views about women giving divorce for the reasons that couples face family and social problems (94%) followed by divorced women have to shoulder dual responsibilities i.e. of mother and father (85%) and children get deprived of parental love and care (79%). Eight six percent the sample students expressed favorable views about remarriage of divorced / widow/ widower for the reasons that it helps to get a substitute a life partner for maintenance of family and for leading happy life (79%) and it helps to resolve problems of singlehood (69%). Only 18 percent of the sample students expressed positive views about singlehood life (unmarried life) for the reason that it helps leading care free and independent life (100%) and helps in pursuing life goals (46%). SES of the sample students found to have no significant influence on their views about premarital and extramarital sexual relationships, women giving divorce, remarriage and singlehood.
 

Key words: Views, Undergraduates, Pre-extra marital relations, Divorce, Remarriage, Singlehood

 
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