Providing For Family Has Negative Effects On Men

Men, relax. Take a chill pill. Uncap a bottle of beer, put your feet up and glue your eyes to your favorite football match. Take your dog for a walk. Whisk yourself away on that long-awaited vacation and buy something from your wish list. Do what you wanted to all these years and do it now. Everything else can wait. You got to go easy on your health. Take a break from work now and then, because if you don’t, your health could fail you. And that’s the last thing you need.

And once in a while, let your wife go ahead so she can fulfil her unaccomplished dreams and ambitions.

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Women in workplaces have made men feel sidelined, unsure of their jobs and family. It makes them feel that their careers are in jeopardy. In such cases, it is necessary to step in a woman’s shoes (high heels, that is) and try to understand the whole picture.

Dr Christin Munsch, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut (UConn), and graduate students Matthew Rogers and Jessica Yorks led a research team which concluded that financial pressure on men takes a toll on their physical and mental health while, in contrast, women feel more confident and capable when they take a part in helping their household on a financial level.

Using data from married men and women for over 15 years, the experts analyzed the relationship of both spouses over their monetary contributions. They found that as men took more and more financial responsibility in their marriages, their mental health and well-being declined.

Men’s psychological health was the worst when they were the only breadwinner in a family. In these 15 years their psychological and physical health score was 5% and 3.5% lower, respectively, than in years when both spouses contributed equally.

“A lot of what we know about how gender plays out in marriage focuses on the ways in which women are disadvantaged,” Munsch remarked.

Women are also more likely to be victims of domestic violence, even though they contribute more to a housework.

Times are changing and economic and social pressures affect men and women equally. It calls for a shift in responsibilities.

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