Supposedly being the breadwinner in your marriage could pose a threat and a major one, infidelity! Recently I read an article that conducted a study on couples ages 18-32 and the article stated the following:
“Research shows that in any given year there is a 5% chance that a woman who is 100% financially dependent on her husband will be cheating on him.
For a man who lives off his wife’s income, however, there is a 15% chance that he will have an affair.
When both halves of a couple contribute equally to the family’s total income there is less than a 4% chance that either party will be unfaithful, Munsch found. Click here to read the rest of the article.”
My initial thought was most couples rarely earn the same or similar ranges of income. My second thought, if foundational components are established early in the relationship like communication, trust, respect and others this may not be an issue. My third thought was consider the age group for which the study was done. They are still trying to figure out who they are as a person especially the younger half, the 18-25 year olds. That group’s focus for the last year prior to marriage was planning the wedding of their dreams. If they would dedicate that amount of time in to working on the relationship, again they might not have this issue.
My husband have always said me being the breadwinner should it come to such does not emasculate him or make him feel less than.