The rise of women in the workplace has often been blamed for making men feel side-lined, emasculated and unsure of their role in the family.
But a new study suggests that being the sole breadwinner is bad for a man’s mental and physical health and sharing the financial burden brings long-term benefits to well-being.
In contrast, women’s mental health benefits from being the only provider with their overall emotional health and happiness declining as they contributed less to the household.
The US researchers conclude that cultural expectations have left men viewing ‘breadwinning’ as an obligation they must fulfil, while women see it as an achievement.
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