Times Online (UK) May 13, 2010
Couples are less likely to divorce if when the husband helps more with housework, shopping and childcare, new research revealed today. The study of 3,500 British couples after the birth of their first child found that the more husbands helped, the lower the incidence of divorce. Economists have previously argued that rising divorce rates, which began in the early 1960s, are linked with steady increases in the numbers of married women working. It was claimed that marriages where men take responsibility for paid work and women stay at home leave both spouses better off. But the new study, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, explodes the theory that marriages are most stable when men focus on paid work and women are responsible for housework.