A Professor of Counseling Psychology, Distinguished Professor, Chiemeka C. Ekennia, have identified the power sharing formula in the family, which tends to favor the husband in the first twelve years of marriage, and thereafter shifts to the wife, as a major cause of marital stress.
Professor Ekennia stated this while delivering the 44th Inaugural lecture of the Abia state University on the topic, “DOMESTIC STRESS AND MARITAL ADJUSTMENT: SOME LESSONS FROM PSYCHO-COUNSELLING RESEARCH”, which held at the University auditorium.
He added that other family related stress factors includes, bad spouse, bad and unsuccessful children, childlessness in marriage, Inadequate finance, Infidelity, death of spouse, unrealistic goals, among others, and advised husbands to invest on their wives by loving and caring for them always.
The Distinguished Professor, further called for the implementation of the National policy on counseling, which directs that counseling should be introduced in all phase of human life, as a way of reducing domestic stress in the family.
Earlier in an address, the Chairman on the occasion, and Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne, commended the Inaugural Lecturer for having the courage to kick start the inaugural lecture series for the year, and explained that the University celebrates academic success through the inaugural lectures, which follows International standards.
He used the forum to advised students to shun all forms of examination malpractices, while parents should consider the capacity of their children in the choice of course of study in the University.
In a vote of thanks, the Director of Research and Publications, Professor Victor Nwaugo, thanked the Vice Chancellor, for making the Inaugural lectures a monthly tradition in the University, and commended Professor Ekennia for a brilliant outing.
Highpoint of the lecture was the admittance of the Lecturer, Professor Chiemeka C. Ekennia into the family of “Distinguished Professors”, as well as presentation of plaque and purse, and gifts from colleagues to him.
The lecture was attended by members of the University Management, former Vice Chancellor, Professor Mkpa A. Mkpa, the Academia, Faculty members, Community groups, Students, Friends and well wishers.