Men More Likely to Cheat If Wife Is Main Breadwinner
New research from a team at the University of Connecticut suggests that the more financially dependent you are on your spouse, the more likely you are to cheat on them, especially if your wife is the breadwinner.
The study results show a 5 percent chance that women who are entirely financially dependent on their husbands will have an affair, compared with a 15 percent chance for financially dependent men. As the percentage of money that men bring home relative to their spouse increases, the less likely they are to cheat - up to a certain point. That point is identified in the study as being 70 percent of the combined marital income - men who make more than 70 percent of the pooled income are increasingly more likely to have affairs.
The study, published in the American Sociological Review, is based on analysis of 2001-11 data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, taking into account more than 2,750 married people between the ages of 18 and 32.
Said lead study author Chrisin Munsch: "The findings indicate that people like feeling relatively equal in their relationships. People don't like to feel dependent on another person."