How Housework Can Hurt A Relationship

A Swedish study found that women suffer more psychological stress when household chores are not divided fairly. The study looked at questionnaires filled out by 723 people from a mid-sized Swedish town. The questionnaires covered school, work, socioeconomic conditions, and health at ages 21 and 42. Psychological stress at age 21 was about the same for men and women. By age 42, women’s levels of distress, which included restlessness, concentration problems, and anxiety, had gone up while the men’s had stayed the same. If women felt that they were equal with their partners, even if they did more of the housework, the risk of distress disappeared.

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