New research suggests that those who split childcare responsibilities are more satisfied with their sex live and the overall relationship with their partners
Couples who share childcare duties have better relationships and satisfied sex lives, according to a new research.
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The research was documented after reviewing the data of 2006 Marital and Relationship survey which was filled out by 487 heterosexual couples. The couples were divided into three categories: first where woman is doing most of the childcare, second where man is fulfilling most of the childcare responsibilities and third where both man and woman are sharing childcare.
The researchers of Georgia State University (GSU) found that couple sharing the childcare reported better sex lives and high-quality relationships.
“Relationships with respect to childcare have changed greatly over the years,” said Daniel L. Clarkson, the lead author of the study. “The main story here is that this study clearly shows that when it comes to childcare, when couples share the workload and both partners pitch in, it produces higher quality solid relationships, less conflict, better communication and more intimacy.”
Researchers also found when women were responsible for most or all of the childcare, relationships were bitter and lower quality.
“One of the most important findings is that the only childcare 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 childcare.” Clarkson said.
Interestingly, the men who take most of the childcare responsibility were quite satisfied with the amount of sex they were having and it had no negative impact on their relationship with their partners but they complaint about the low-quality of sex lives. The exact reasons are still unclear.
Clarkson himself admitted that the research was limited in some respects. It does not provide an insight into the mechanism behind why couples report better sex lives when they share childcare responsibilities.
“We don’t really know exactly what is behind this,” said Clarkson. “But it could be that a relationship suffers when one person feels overburdened, overworked or overtired. Or it could be that a certain degree of dissatisfaction with having to do all the work, while the other is not doing any of it, undermines the bond between couples. And that carry over to the bedroom.”
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The research was presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).