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Unemployed Men Are More Likely to Divorce

Marriages With Househusbands Are More Likely to End in Divorce

More and more women are holding their own, in terms of bringing home the bacon for the family. However, although the woman's financial role in a marriage has evolved, the old stigmas seem to persist in marriages. A new study by the American Journal of Sociology shows that if the husbands are unemployed, the marriage is more likely to end in divorce than if it were the other way around. The lead author of the study, Liana Sawyer, told Time's Healthland blog, "It's still unacceptable for men to stay home and take care of the kids."

It's not always the women who initiate divorce. The study also found that even unemployed men who were happy in the marriage choose to leave the marriage. Perhaps it's also due to the fact that men find it harder to deal with being without a job than women do because traditional norms dictate that men should provide for the family. Past research has also shown that men are more likely to get depressed than women when faced with unemployment, which can be a big factor in the breakup.

What do you think of house husbands — should men and women be more accepting of stay-at-home dads or stay-at-home dads?

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