Couples who share child care duties are more likely to have a better relationship and more satisfying sex life compared with those who don’t, research suggests.
The study, carried out by Daniel L. Carlson, assistant professor of sociology at Georgia State University, will be presented at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting, according to a press release.
Researchers examined data from 487 heterosexual couples enrolled in the 2006 Marital and Relationship Survey. Child care responsibilities were based on who was responsible for making rules for children, who enforced the rules or punished the children when rules were broken, who praised children for accomplishments and who played with children.
The couples were categorized by those in which women did 60 percent of the child care, those in which men did at least 60 percent of the childcare, and those in which duties were shared – with each couple tackling roughly 40 to 60 percent of child care. The frequency and quality of sex was also considered.
“One of the most important findings is that the only child care arrangement that appears really problematic for the quality of both a couple’s relationship and sex life is when the woman does most or all of the child care,” Carlson said in the press release.
However, when fathers took on all child care responsibilities, there were not negative effects on the quality of the relationship. In fact, the research suggests couples had just as much sex when the men did most or all of the child care. Still, the men reported having the lowest-quality sex.
Source- US News