A recent survey on nearly 250 heterosexual couples shows that sharing child care duties on a regular basis greatly improves both partners’ relationship and sex life on the long run.
Study participants reported that they perceived their relationship with their significant other more satisfying when both partners were involve in taking care of children. Improvements were recorded in sex life, communication, and intimacy areas.
Daniel Carlson, lead author of the study and researcher at Georgia State University, explained that expectations related to child care has switched over the course of last few decades especially due to the pressures working moms currently face.
Dr. Carlson also said that couples are more likely now to share labor than their parents or grandparents were. And having an equal contribution in raising a child can greatly improve the parents’ relationship under various aspects including sex life and conflict solving.
The findings of the research were unveiled Sunday during the annual conference of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Study authors, however, acknowledged that their find remains preliminary until it is published in an official journal.
Child care includes playing with children, praise them and enforce favorable behaviors, punish when children break rules, supervise, and monitor them.
During their research, scientists found that participants usually fall under three different categories. In the first category, women did almost all the hard work in child care in more than 60 percent of the time. The second category included men that did that work in 60 percent of time or more, while the last category included partners that shared the duties equally.
Volunteers were asked to assess quality of their relationship by factoring degree of conflict, sexual satisfaction, and overall satisfaction. Researchers said that relationships quickly got worse when the woman felt burdened by taking care of her children. In such scenario, both women and men reported that their sex life and quality of relationship was “wanting,” rather than satisfying.
On the other hand, when the men were in charge with child care in 60 percent of the time, both they and their partners reported a similar quality of relationship and active sex life as the couples who shared child care responsibilities equally. Moreover female partners said that their sex life was even more satisfying than women who shared child care duties evenly with men.
Researchers explained that a satisfying relationship includes fewer conflicts, a high satisfaction of being together in a relationship, and happy sex life.
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