Are you tired of the daily routine and planning to take up the role of a “kept man”, someone who is financially supported by his spouse? Beware, according to a study, men who are not main earners in relationships could suffer stress conditions.
What findings say?
- The findings showed that being a kept man may be dangerous for the health.
- And can increase the risk of suffering heart problems, chronic lung disease and stomach ulcers.
- This happens because their masculinity is damaged, the researchers said.
- Men who were raised to be the main breadwinner may feel they are falling short.
- And may be made to feel inadequate by their peers, family members, and even their spouse and children.
- “These processes of stigmatisation can take a toll on a man’s sense of masculinity, self, and competence,”Expert added.
- Furthermore,the study showed that when such men are toppled from the position of breadwinner.
- In addition,they may also seek to regain their manliness through smoking, drinking and eating unhealthily.
- Men who do not uphold the male breadwinner role may feel like a professional failure.
- Or may feel that they are failing their families by not providing for them economically.
- Men who hold particularly rigid gender role expectations may also be troubled by their wives’ career success and earning capacity.
- Especially if the husband believes his wife’s work activities are taking away from her home-making activities,”Expert noted.
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- For the study the team studied nearly 1,100 married couples over three decades.
- Finding health problems in men whose wife became the main breadwinner early or late in the marriage.
- Furthermore,previous research has found that while women who are the main breadwinners.
- May try harder to keep their marriage on track, their husbands are more likely to abuse them or cut back on their contribution to housework.