Study: Couples Who Share Housework Have Higher Divorce Rate

| by Michael Allen

According to a new Norwegian study, married couples who share housework had about a 50 percent higher rate of divorce than couples where the woman does most of the household chores.

The study says this may be because couples, where the wife does most of the chores, are more traditional and are simply less likely to divorce. In contrast, modern couples, who share the housework, are less traditional and more likely to divorce, reports AFP.

Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study entitled, 'Equality in the Home,' told AFP: "Modern couples are just that, both in the way they divide up the chores and in their perception of marriage as being less sacred. In these modern couples, women also have a high level of education and a well-paid job, which makes them less dependent on their spouse financially. They can manage much easier if they divorce."

"Maybe it’s sometimes seen as a good thing to have very clear roles with lots of clarity … where one person is not stepping on the other’s toes. There could be less quarrels, since you can easily get into squabbles if both have the same roles and one has the feeling that the other is not pulling his or her own weight."