A research has found that couples who share child care duties have a more satisfying and higher quality relationship and sex life.
The research was carried out by sociologists at Georgia State University. The researchers analysed data from the 2006 Marital Relationship Study reflecting the opinions of 487 couples, Medical News Today reports.
The researchers found that the lowest quality relationships and sex lives were reported when women were responsible for most or all (at least 60%) aspects of the couple’s childcare.
The researchers also found that when men took on the majority of childcare responsibilities, relationship quality, sexual frequency and satisfaction with sexual frequency were just as high as with couples with shared childcare responsibilities.
However, the researchers noticed that in relationships where men were responsible for the majority of childcare, men reported lowest overall satisfaction with their sex lives even though the women reported the highest overall satisfaction with their sex lives.
“The important point to be made is that when we’re looking at childcare, the difference that we find is really between arrangements where the mother is largely responsible for childcare and everything else,” says study co-author Daniel L. Carlson, an assistant professor of sociology.