How can you tell when research findings are valid? When they confirm your position! Sociologist Brad Wilcox did that for me in his new study, “What’s Love Got to Do with It? Equality, Equity, Commitment, and Women’s Marital Quality.” Briefly, he concluded the following:
(1) Women want their husbands to be emotionally engaged, affectionate, empathic and tuned into their wives. Being tuned in is more important than helping with household chores.
(2) Woman whose husbands actively attend church are happier and those marriages are significantly less likely to divorce than the average.
(3) Women want things to be fair in their homes but they do not equate fairness with equality.
(4) Women want the man to be the main provider, creating financial security and freedom to make choices about whether to work a little or a lot.
Stan Guthrie’s entire interview of Dr. Wilcox can be seen by clicking here. At the end of that post, you can find additional interviews about Wilcox’ views on women.
I was particularly encouraged by these findings because my wife agreed that these are the main things that make her happy about me. So ends my need for additional research!