Women in households where both partners work are twice as likely to experience domestic violence compared to households with a single breadwinner, according to a new study.
The study, which came out of Sam Houston State University, questioned 300 women in serious relationships (currently or recently) about whether or not they had experienced domestic violence over the previous two years.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported some form of physical or mental abuse by their partner within that time period.
“Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported
physical or mental abuse by their partner.”
The study found more than 60 percent of women in heterosexual working couples reported victimization, while only 30 percent of women reported victimization in cases when only the male partner was employed.
Other factors contributed to the likelihood of domestic violence (including general distress in the relationship), but no factor impacted the likelihood of victimization as highly as being part of a working couple.
Cortney A. Franklin and Tasha A. Menaker, co-authors of the study, believe their results demonstrate how males feel threatened when their female partners work, stating their study lends “support to the idea that female employment may challenge male authority and power in a relationship.”
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