Study: Men Likely To Cheat On Wives Who Are Breadwinners

Study: Men Likely To Cheat On Wives Who Are Breadwinners (Image 1)

A new study found that women who are the primary breadwinners in the home are more likely to have a cheating husband.

It found that men who are financially dependent on their wives had about a 15 percent chance of cheating. Those women who earn 100 percent of the family’s income are least likely to stray. 

But–it’s only a 5 percent chance for women whose husbands are the breadwinners.

The author of the study says for an economically dependent man, infidelity could be an attempt to restore relationship equity.  

It’s tough to know precisely how many people cheat in their marriages, because many might not admit it in surveys, but researchers estimate that between 20% to 25% of married men and between 10% and 15% of married women have engaged in an extramarital relationship. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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