Hard-working husbands have healthiest wives, study says

Husbands who work longer hours have healthier wives, according to one study

January 29, 2014 3:13:46 PM PST
Hard-working husbands have the happiest, healthiest wives, according to one study. The researchers suggest that to improve his wife's quality of life, a husband should spend more time at the office. They even take it one further, saying the more overtime a man does, the healthier his wife becomes.

Unfortunately for guys, the study, published in the journal Social Forces, found the same benefits don't apply to men whose wives work long hours. Instead, house-husbands' health tends to suffer when wives work more.

The researchers, from the University of Texas at Dallas and Indiana University, studied about 4,000 couples from 1979 to 2004. It discovered the healthiest women had husbands who worked more than 50 hours per week, and men whose wives worked 41 to 49 hours a week scored the poorest.

The study, aimed at determining the impact of workplace equality on family life, considered the possibility that hard-working husbands' salaries allowed the luxury of help with household chores, giving wives more time for exercise, but women's wages weren't high enough to provide the same assistance for house-husbands.

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