divorce and unemployed men

Financial pressures have long been cited as the pinnacle of marital downfall. In a recent study in the rise of divorce, male employment seems to be a large factor.   A study of 6300 heterosexual couples and found that men who were not working full time were 33% more likely to divorce than those with full time jobs.” Contemporary husbands face higher risk of divorce when they do not fulfill the stereotypical breadwinner role, by being employed full time.” said Alexandra Killewald a sociology professor at Harvard University.

When finances are stable in a home, couples tend to spend more on travel and bonding activities. In contrast, when finances are strained, the focus is then continually on finances and tension in the home.

Recently it has been recorded that two thirds of today’s divorces are initiated by woman.  When comparing this statistic with the correlation in the up rise of divorce, there is a theory that more woman today have more financial independence than years past. Woman feel more independent and less reliance on their spouse or marriage for financial stability.

Killewald states “We talk a lot about the changes in women’s experience, but we haven’t done a lot of thinking about what it would be like for men to have a similar expansion in the ways they do masculinity.” It may be time we encourage a wider view for the husbands’ role in the household.

Source: Time.com “Men without full-time jobs are 33% more likely to Divorce” July 27, 2016.

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