The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 27, 2012
 

Higher risk of divorce for couples sharing housework: Study

 
 

OSLO (AFP) - Couples who share housework duties run a higher risk of divorce than couples where the woman does most of the chores, a Norwegian study sure to get tongues wagging showed on Thursday.

The divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 per cent higher than among those where the woman did most of the work.

"The more a man does in the home, the higher the divorce rate," Mr 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, Mr Hansen said, stressing it was all about values. 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," he said.