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Old 28.09.2012, 12:06
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Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

For the sake of my marriage, I'm giving up on all housework

Divorce rates are far higher among “modern” couples who share the housework than in those where the woman does the lion’s share of the chores, a Norwegian study has found.


The report found the divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 per cent higher than among those where the woman did most of the work. Photo: ALAMY

By Henry Samuel, Paris10:00PM BST 27 Sep 2012

In what appears to be a slap in the face for gender equality, the report found the divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 per cent higher than among those where the woman did most of the work.

“What we’ve seen is that sharing equal responsibility for work in the home doesn’t necessarily contribute to contentment,” said Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study entitled “Equality in the Home”.

The lack of correlation between equality at home and quality of life was surprising, the researcher said.

“One would think that break-ups would occur more often in families with less equality at home, but our statistics show the opposite,” he said.

The figures clearly show that “the more a man does in the home, the higher the divorce rate,” he went on.

The reasons, Mr Hansen said, lay only partially with the chores themselves.
“Maybe it’s sometimes seen as a good thing to have very clear roles with lots of clarity ... where one person is not stepping on the other’s toes,” he suggested.
“There could be less quarrels, since you can easily get into squabbles if both have the same roles and one has the feeling that the other is not pulling his or her own weight.”
But the deeper reasons for the higher divorce rate, he suggested, came from the values of “modern” couples rather than the chores they shared.
“Modern couples are just that, both in the way they divide up the chores and in their perception of marriage” as being less sacred, Mr Hansen said. “In these modern couples, women also have a high level of education and a well-paid job, which makes them less dependent on their spouse financially.
They can manage much easier if they divorce,” he said. Norway has a long tradition of gender equality and childrearing is shared equally between mothers and fathers in 70 per cent of cases.
But when it comes to housework, women in Norway still account for most of it in seven out of 10 couples. The study emphasised women who did most of the chores did so of their own volition and were found to be as “happy” those in “modern” couples.
Dr Frank Furedi, Sociology professor at the University of Canterbury, said the study made sense as chore sharing took place more among couples from middle class professional backgrounds, where divorce rates are known to be high.
“These people are extremely sensitive to making sure everything is formal, laid out and contractual. That does make for a fairly fraught relationship,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“The more you organise your relationship, the more you work out diaries and schedules, the more it becomes a business relationship than an intimate, loving spontaneous one.
“That tends to encourage a conflict of interest rather than finding harmonious resolutions.” He said while the survey applied to Norway, he was confident the results would be the same in the UK.
“In a good relationship people simply don’t know who does what and don’t particularly care. “Unless marriage is a relationship above anything else, then whenever there are tensions or contradictions things come to a head. You have less capacity to forgive and absorb the bad stuff.”
The survey appeared to contradict another recent one across seven countries including Britain that found that men who shouldered a bigger share of domestic responsibilities had a better sense of wellbeing and enjoyed a better work-life balance.
The researchers expected to find that where men shouldered more of the burden, women’s happiness levels were higher. In fact they found that it was the men who were happier while their wives and girlfriends appeared to be largely unmoved.
Those men who did more housework generally reported less work-life conflict and were scored slightly higher for wellbeing overall.
Experts suggested that, while this may be partly because they felt less guilty, the main reason could be that they had simply learnt the secret of a quiet life.

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Old 28.09.2012, 12:14
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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

Phew .... I thought there was a reason - I'm clearly forward thinking.

Obviously she need s a hobby for when she comes home from work and at weekends.
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Old 28.09.2012, 12:20
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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

On the other hand, you will have more sex if you do more housework:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...sex-wives.html

So those two studies apparently mean that couples who have more sex are more likely to divorce?
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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

I think it has more to do with the couples than the housework. She berates him until he decides to help around the house. He doesn't do it fast enough/well enough/her way and berates him some more. He says f-this I'm outta here.
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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

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On the other hand, you will have more sex if you do more housework:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...sex-wives.html

So those two studies apparently mean that couples who have more sex are more likely to divorce?
Safe, again (I assume you/the report means with the wife?)
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I think it has more to do with the couples than the housework. She berates him until he decides to help around the house. He doesn't do it fast enough/well enough/her way and berates him some more. He says f-this I'm outta here.
And if you live with someone who has OCD, then you're truly screwed, but tolerance and compromise is what you sign up for when you tie the knot instead of OH.

I think it is far better to win hearts instead of winning arguments. Think about it, you will eventually die as one cannot live forever, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel .

With the risk of sounding chauvanistic, it would be better for men to work and women to spend the money. Why should both work and let their children be looked after by a stranger? With regards to the staring of housework, men can rarely do the household chores to the satisfaction of the OH, so it's best left to them as they can't complain about their own work
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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

Hhhmmm. If I show this to the Mrs, for some reason I just know she'll say she DOES do the lion's share of the work...

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On the other hand, you will have more sex if you do more housework:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...sex-wives.html

So those two studies apparently mean that couples who have more sex are more likely to divorce?


Wow. You're good enough to be an anti-vax or pro-homeopathy campaigner!

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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

This article is just a recipe for disaster.

Men, be strong and ignore the temptation...
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Old 28.09.2012, 13:38
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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

What`s Housework ?
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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

Maybe the couple's who do not share the house work have a more "Traditional" family life.

Usually in keeping with these traditions, religion plays a vital role and divorce is an ugly word.

Not so long story short.... my guess is most dont believe in divorce.
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On the other hand, you will have more sex if you do more housework:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...sex-wives.html

So those two studies apparently mean that couples who have more sex are more likely to divorce?
Ahhh - depends on who they have sex with.....

'twasn't me who said it

http://www.englishforum.ch/daily-lif...ml#post1525164
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it would be better for men to work and women to spend the money
FTFY!

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What's a house?
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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

Couples who marry are more likely to divorce.
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Couples who marry are more likely to divorce.
....seems to me to be the main reason.....
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On the other hand, you will have more sex if you do more housework:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...sex-wives.html

So those two studies apparently mean that couples who have more sex are more likely to divorce?
only if they have sex with one another
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With the risk of sounding chauvanistic, it would be better for men to work and women to spend the money. Why should both work and let their children be looked after by a stranger?
because then there's more to spend? I like to spend..

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Wow. You're good enough to be an anti-vax or pro-homeopathy campaigner!
Thank you, that is a serious compliment in my line of work!
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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

Ah great, another study based on correlation, not causation

I wonder how they managed to exclude all the other factors relevant to divorce to just study this one.

About as believable as global warming.
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Re: Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce, study finds

I'm telling my OH I'm leaving all the housework to her from now on. I don't want to risk a divorce now, do I?
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