Lead researcher Dr Wayne Hochwarter studied 400 working couples in order to investigate the connection between communication and stress levels.
One of the most common reasons for both divorce and career failure is lack of support between partners.
“When stress enters any relationship, it has the potential to either bind people together or break them apart,” Dr Hochwarter commented.
Results from the study showed that couples with the strongest levels of support in the home were more likely to be satisfied with their marriage, more likely to maintain a good relationship with their colleagues and have higher levels of concentration at work.
They were also found to be less likely to feel guilty about neglecting or criticising their families, and less likely to come home from work feeling tired.
When both partners are feeling the strain at work, it is often difficult for each to provide support to the other. The key to supporting one another is to remain aware of what goes on in the other’s working day, and to know when your partner might need more support than you. The study found that to keep work stresses out of the home, couples should not compete over who had the worst day and should not bombard the family with minor work irritations.
Dr Hochwarter emphasises the apparent necessity for open communication and trust between spouses.
When one woman in the study was asked how her work life affected her love life, she replied: “Ask my ex-husband.”
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