Modern Standard Vs. Traditional Marriage

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Modernized views of marital roles have led many to believe that married couples who equally split household responsibilities are happier and more content, but research shows otherwise. Statistically, traditional marriages are less likely to end in divorce and actually show more contentment. A traditional marriage can be characterized as when a couple takes on specific gender roles that currently many people believe are outdated. The traditional role for the husband would include taking care of the financial aspect of the house and doing chores that are viewed as masculine such as yard work, car repairs, and paying the bills. The wife 's responsibilities would entail taking care of the home, raising the children, and chores that are viewed as feminine such as cooking and cleaning. The big question is, What causes the low divorce rates in the couples who decide to break the modern standard and embrace the outdated roles? As the divorce rate in America steadily inclines many couples ask themselves "What makes a marriage last?" According to the research traditional marriage leads to greater contentment, but what underlying factors cause this marital bliss? An interesting article from Huffington Post, "More Sex is in Store for Men Who do More Masculine Chores Around the House" discusses some of the theories behind this subject. Huffington Post states "A new study in the American Sociological Review shows that husbands who spend less time doing traditionally female chores, and more time doing masculine chores have sex about 1.6 more times per month than those where the husband does the cooking and cleaning. I can also report that our study findings hold for both older and younger couples in our sample.To test this we ran our an... ... middle of paper ... ...children is a large aspect of a family, and if somebody isn 't happy it can take its toll on the whole family. There are many aspects that can make a marriage work or fall apart. The deciding factors are different for everyone. Whether the determining factors are based on a couples ability to deal with the stress of work, the challenges of raising children, or differences in expectations of each other. It seems that traditional marriages and families are more likely to stay together and this may be largely in part to the similar wants and needs of the individuals who choose this lifestyle being copasetic with each other. Knowing your role and not feeling like your compromising the life you would like to lead combined with a partner who shares your goals and values can definitely allow you more happiness, which seems to in fact lead to a lower divorce rate.
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