Study Says Working Moms Stress Out Their Mates.
If you’re a working woman and you have a husband, did you know you’re literally killing him with stress?
According to an unbelievable paper from a Harvard University researcher – which I first spotted referenced on The Juggle web site -- women who dare to leave the cozy confines of all things domestic and work outside the home are selfishly hurting their men by subjecting them to undo stress. No, I’m not kidding. Here, I’ll quote from the abstract of the paper, “Work, Stress and Health: Some Adverse Effects of Female Labor Force Participation:”
“This paper finds a strong positive correlation between female labor force participation and negative health outcomes for middle-aged men and women, and suggests that this correlation is mediated by household-level stress. At the cross-country aggregate level, I show that labor force participation of women is associated with increased mortality rates among both men and women. At the individual level, I find that married men whose spouses work are more likely to die within 10 years, to have high blood pressure and to self-report worse health outcomes.”
While I was sitting in stunned amazement after reading this introduction, my husband mused aloud, “So, you’re killing me and you’re killing you?”
I labored my way through the paper and discovered these gems:
- “. . . I find that the probability of death of middle-aged married men is higher among employed men whose spouses work, compared to employed men whose spouses are homemakers.”
- “When women enter the labor force, the work-life balance becomes considerably more challenging for both women and men, subjecting them to higher levels of chronic stress. The evidence in this paper strongly suggests that it is stress which is the primary mediating factor between female labor force participation and male health.”
- “. . . I find that female participation is associated with increased male mortality, primarily from heart disease.”
- “Taken as a whole, the data present a compelling and consistent picture: female participation in the labor force is associated with negative health outcomes for employed married men.”
After I picked myself up off the floor, I wondered what the researcher would recommend to remedy this clearly life-threatening situation for