Husbands' stress increases when wives make more than 40% of household income, research shows

Posted at 4:13 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 17:23:44-05

According to the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, British researchers have found that husbands are fine if their wives contribute to the household financially but only to a certain point.

Researchers found, through a 15 year study that involved over 6,000 American couples, that husbands had the most stress when they were the main breadwinners of the household.

The British researchers found that the husbands stress levels declined when their wives earned up to 40 percent of the household income.

However, if the earnings increased beyond that 40 percent, then the husbands anxiety increased as well.

Researchers also found that if the wife earned more money prior to the marriage, the husband did not suffer psychological distress.

Also, researchers found that the wives' patterns were not as pronounced as the husbands.