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==================================Couples are less likely to divorce if when the husband helps more with housework, shopping and childcare, new research revealed today.
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The study of 3,500 British couples after the birth of their first child found that the more husbands helped, the lower the incidence of divorce.
Economists have previously argued that rising divorce rates, which began in the early 1960s, are linked with steady increases in the numbers of married women working.
It was claimed that marriages where men take responsibility for paid work and women stay at home leave both spouses better off.
But the new study, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, explodes the theory that marriages are most stable when men focus on paid work and women are responsible for housework.
It showed instead that fathers’ contribution to housework and childcare stabilises marriage, regardless of mothers’ employment status.
The research, “Men’s Unpaid Work and Divorce: Reassessing Specialisation and Trade”, was carried out by Wendy Sigle-Rushton, one of several UK academics in the Gender Equality Network (GeNet), part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Priority Network Programme.
The findings are published in the latest edition of Feminist Economics.
Dr Sigle-Rushton, senior lecturer in social policy at LSE, said: “Economists have spent a good deal of time examining and trying to explain the positive association between female employment and divorce.“However in doing so they have paid very little attention to the behaviour of men.
“This research addresses that oversight and suggests fathers’ contribution to unpaid work at home stabilises marriage regardless of mothers’ employment status.”
Dr Sigle-Rushton’s research analysed data on married couples who had their first child in 1970, a time when most women with young children stayed at home.