Macho Men Let Their Female Partner’s Higher Income Threaten Their Relationship
Here’s a formula for a poor romantic relationship, according to study by Coughlin and Wade (2012).
Macho Man + Partner Who Earns More = Worse Romantic Relationship
On the other hand men who are not threatened by their partners’ income appear to have better quality relationships with their female partners.
The authors’ conclusion:
“Our results demonstrate the importance of masculinity ideology in understanding how and why men with higher-earning partners will have low or high quality romantic relationships. The findings are relevant to men who are married as well as non-married men in a romantic relationship.”
Coughlin,Patrick and Wade, Jay C. (2012). Masculinity Ideology, Income Disparity, and Romantic Relationship Quality Among Men with Higher Earning Female Partners. Sex Roles. DOI: 10.1007/s11199-012-0187-6