Men expressed elevated levels of anxiety and stress when they were the sole source of their family’s income. Those distress levels declined, however, when wives were working — but only when the women’s earnings did not exceed 40 percent of household income.
The finding was true for all four groups looked at in the study — police officers, financial advisers, white-collar criminals and corporate executives.
Social scientists believe these kinds of convergences may have an evolutionary purpose: to create more cohesive and stable relationships.
The only two elements of a marriage that were rated higher by the respondents were “shared interests” (64 percent) and “satisfying sexual relationship” (61 percent).
“This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness and health, suggesting a unique social link,” said lead author William Chopik.
A new study investigated that question among middle-aged American couples. Its findings offer less-than-comforting news — for women.
The findings suggest that the lower the glucose levels, the higher the potential for friction between intimate partners.
A new study suggests the age when couples start cohabiting – whether married or unmarried – correlates with divorce rates, adding new nuance to studies about cohabitation and marriage.