In 2012, a Norwegian study found that couples who share household work are more likely to get divorced than the relationships in which a woman has more domestic responsibilities than the man.
Later, similar scientific investigations and surveys on marriages and partnerships between opposite-sex couples found that arguments over financial arrangements — or money, to be precise — could be strong indicators of a deteriorating relationship.
However, a new Harvard analysis has discovered it is neither chores nor money that is fueling divorce rates.
It is, in fact, the husband’s employment status that determines the success of a relationship.
The study’s author Alexandra Killewald, a professor of sociology, studied 6,300 heterosexual U.S. couples over a period of 46 years, from 1968-2013, and found that husbands who are unemployed have a “3.3 percent chance of getting divorced in any given year” compared with 2.5 percent of those men who have full-time jobs.
Killewald remarked that while the society has evolved to accept women as breadwinners, there’s not as much acceptance of men who are not the financial head of the family.
“While contemporary wives need not embrace the traditional female homemaker role to stay married, contemporary husbands face higher risk of divorce when they do not fulfill the stereotypical breadwinner role,” she stated.
Although not affiliated with the research, Daniel Shaw, chair and professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, agreed with Killedwald’s findings, reiterating “males are still expected to bring home the bacon to some extent.”
“I think men really don't feel good about themselves," he commented, according to Today.com. "If you're a man, you can lose your identity when you lose your job."