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.

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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.
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