High earning women 'more likely to divorce'

Women who earn more than their husbands are more likely to sign divorce papers than their lower earning counterparts.

This is the conclusion of a new study published in the Journal of Family Issues.

It showed that female breadwinners are almost 40 per cent more likely to separate from their husbands than women with lower salaries than their partners.

However, this only applies to ladies who earn around 60 per cent of the total household income.

Offering some explanations for the findings, the authors of the study suggested that women who earn more money may enjoy greater freedom as a result, and may be in a better position to leave their partners.

They also said that male ego may play a part, with lesser earning men feeling inferior to their higher earning wives.

The study follows research published in the Journal of Family Psychology which showed that parents of autistic children are more likely to divorce than those whose children do not have disabilities.

Posted by Christopher Evans

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Published on: September 13, 2010

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