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Study: Divorce rates higher for couples who share household duties

A new study has been released that shows that married couples who divide household chores equally have a higher rate of divorce.

These findings come from research involving thousands of Norwegian adults that took place from 2007 to 2008. The study looked into household chores, marriage, and happiness. It was found that divorce rates were actually higher for the couples that shared household chores equally (roughly 25%) than for the 71% of couples in which women did more of the chores than men.

“The main point is that there is little to indicate that gender equality at home protects against divorce, as many people think and as is typically maintained by scholars in the field,” Thomas Hansen, a researcher with a Norwegian social research institute and one of the co-authors of the study, told TODAY in an e-mail.

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