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Men’s stress increases if their female partner is the breadwinner

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Men’s stress increases if their female partner is the breadwinner

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New research shows that a man’s stress increases if their female partner earns more than 40% of the household income. The study, which examined stress levels among 6,000 American heterosexual men over 15 years, showed that men were the least anxious when their partners earned under 40% of the household income. They were the most anxious when completely financially dependent on their partner.

These patterns show how, even in 2019, gender norms are still present and persistent regarding men being the primary income providers in the family. The stress and anxiety these gender norms can cause can negatively impact both a man’s mental and physical health over time. Learn more about this research at ScienceDaily.