Based on the findings of a new study, couples who share childcare responsibilities have better sex lives. The research was conducted by Dr. Daniel Carlson from the Georgia State University, whose contribution to the survey was presented during the recent psychological conference of the American Sociological Association.
487 couples were selected for the research that was first carried out in 2006 as part of the Marital and Relationship Study. The pairs were chosen randomly, the majority of them having low to medium income. The female participants in the study were not older than 45 years old.
Respondents were asked to answer questionnaires related to their marriages, including their sex lives. Out of the 605 couples who have taken part in the research, only 487 have provided correct data that could be processed in the current survey.
Based on the results that scientists have registered, families where children’s education falls entirely on mothers are the least happy. At the opposite pole, men and women, who agree to equally share responsibilities for their children are the most satisfied with their lives, including their sexual relationships.
Scientists wanted to determine whether men feel just as unhappy as women when being forced to take care of their children’s education. Figures indicate that men do not feel in any way dissatisfied with their married lives when fully responsible for childcare chores. However, the sexual life was still at its lowest, according to researchers.
Dr. Daniel Carlson thinks his new study could improve counseling for married couples. Yet, further analyses have to pinpoint those factors that cause sexual satisfaction to diminish when women are more responsible than men.
One possible explanation could be that women no longer have time for themselves and the physical and mental exhaustion they experience prevents them from evincing the same enthusiasm in relation to their marriage. In addition, being more responsible could cut down great part of the frolicsomeness women need to enjoy their sex lives.
Prof. Sir Cary Cooper at the Manchester School of Business has another explanation. In his opinion, couples with even childcare responsibilities are more satisfied with all aspects of their lives because the man is generally more committed to his family life. Cooper’s theory revolves around the concept of “new man”, who is willing to carry out even those activities that are specific to women, such as, bathing and feeding the baby.
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