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Husbands more likely to cheat on breadwinner wives

Talk about adding insult to injury — the wife is bringing home the bacon while her husband is taking his pleasures elsewhere. According to a recent survey done by Working Mother Media, when women are the unintentional breadwinners, they experience more dissatisfaction with their lives. But it gets worse.

This month's issue of the American Sociological Review revealed that husbands who are completely dependent economically on their wives are three times more likely to cheat than those husbands who are their household's primary wage earners.

Data from over 2,750 married people ranging in age from 18-32 who participated in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth over a 10-year period comprised the study.

It's estimated that approximately 20 to 25 percent of married men have sex outside of their marriage, compared to 10 to 15 percent of married women. When wives are relying 100 percent on their spouses for financial support, the likelihood of straying drops to 5 percent.

A University of Connecticut assistant sociology professor recently told CNN, he believes the correlation between wives as breadwinners and men's infidelities "has to do with our cultural notions of what it means to be a man and what . . . the social expectations are for masculinity."

He perceives the economic dependence may pose a threat to their manhood and become the catalyst for "re-establish[ing] their masculinity, even . . . subconsciously."

It's all well and good to intellectualize the reasons for infidelity, but if you are the one with the unfaithful partner, it's not much of a balm to the wound.

If you are tired of supporting an adulterer, it might be time to consider ending the marriage. Before you make a hasty decision, however, it is a good idea to seek legal counsel to make sure that your assets are protected.

Source: CNN, "Husbands of female breadwinners most at risk for cheating, says study," Kelly Wallace, June 01, 2015

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