A new study has found that women are more satisfied if they contribute to the household income while men are happier without the pressure of being the primary breadwinner.
This research followed more than 3000 married people aged between 18 and 32.
According to Refinery, the researchers from the University of Connecticut were investigating the impact of traditional gender expectations on young people’s physical and mental health.
They also assessed how the individual’s income compared to their partner’s.
The earnings ratios of the couples were compared to their happiness and depression levels.
The outcome revealed that husbands were happier with earning half as much as their wives but suffered a wellness decline as their earnings increased, while the women’s mental health improved with their financial contribution increase.
Assistant professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut, Christin Munsch, said: "Men who make a lot more money than their partners may approach breadwinning with a sense of obligation and worry about maintaining breadwinner status."
“Whereas women may approach breadwinning as an opportunity or choice. Breadwinning women may feel a sense of pride, without worrying what others will say if they can't or don't maintain it."