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Old 9th September 2010, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Theory: Women With Daughters Don't Need Husbands

(NEWSER) – Sociologists have puzzled over an odd stat for years: Parents are more likely to divorce if they have girls instead of boys. The New York Times parenting blog today takes note of a new theory by a Notre Dame psychologist: Women who have daughters don't need a husband as much "because they know that with a girl, they'll never be lonely or without help."

These women "may be less willing to tolerate any bad behaviors from their husbands (and less willing to stay married)," writes psychologist Anita E. Kelly in Psychology Today. "This idea could even explain why couples expecting a girl are less likely to marry: A woman carrying a girl anticipates that she won't need a husband." As they say, girls rule, boys drool.

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Re: Theory: Women With Daughters Don't Need Husbands

hmm very interesting...

A woman carrying a girl anticipates that she won't need a husband

i can't really relate this... to have a baby no nid a husband to begin with... y nid to go thru the fuss to get married, hv baby gal and then divorce?

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Re: Theory: Women With Daughters Don't Need Husbands

but it's good for the child's development to have a father. (unless the father is abusive)

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^ i think so too...regardless of whether u have sons or daughters, it's still better to have a complete family...and they neglect to mention other possible environmental factors too?

and why the need to say things like "All over the world, boys hold marriages together, and girls break them up."... =/

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Re: Theory: Women With Daughters Don't Need Husbands

And the girl will grow up, have boyfriends, finally meet a keeper and marry him, and then move out. Doesn't really work to me.

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Re: Theory: Women With Daughters Don't Need Husbands

I'm more concerned about women who do actually have such mindset will put on a huge emotional baggage onto their daughters. It becomes the daughters' responsibility to please their mum and fulfill their mum's emotional needs. No parents should ever do that.

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Re: Theory: Women With Daughters Don't Need Husbands

My own experince: women those have daughters are more trustworthy than those have sons

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Do daughters cause divorces?

Married couples raising girls are more likely to split up than those raising boys. What's the explanation?

Economists noticed in 2003 that married couples with daughters have a greater chance of getting divorced than those with sons. And among pregnant unmarried couples, those having boys are more likely to tie the knot. For years, researchers assumed boys made marriages last, but a new theory flips that around: What if daughters are better at breaking up bad marriages? Here's a guide to the puzzling daughter-divorce conundrum:

What are the numbers?
Eonomists Gordon Dahl (University of Rochester) and Enrico Moretti (UCLA) analyzed three million U.S. birth and marriage records, and found that married couples with one daughter are almost 5 percent more likely to split up, versus those with one son. And the effect grew more pronounced with more offspring: parents of three girls are about 10 percent more likely to divorce than those with three boys. The numbers were even starker in other countries.

How did the researchers explain it?
The (male) economists focused on why boys might be an asset to marriages. Some of the theories, as laid out by Steven Landsburg in Slate: Men value sons more and are therefore more likely to stick around (or commit to sticking around) with a boy in the house; sons are more apt to fall apart emotionally when a father leaves, preventing him from doing so; or parents are held together by the belief that a boy needs a male role model in the house. "If you want to stay married," Landsburg concludes, "three of the most ominous words you'll ever hear are 'It's a girl.'"

Why are those theories flawed?
Keep in mind, says Notre Dame psychologist Anita E. Kelly in Psychology Today, 73 percent of divorces are instigated by the wife. So the question shouldn't be: "Why are fathers more likely to stick around for sons?" Rather, she says, we should ask: "Why are mothers of daughters divorcing more than mothers of sons?"

Does she offer any ideas?
Several, but they all boil down to: Mothers with daughters "don't need their husbands as much." She points to studies showing that sons "add to the daily workload of the parents," while daughters decrease it, and that females are better at offering social support than males. Add to these facts that daughters are more likely to stick around, Kelly says, and you can plausibly theorize that if a woman has a daughter, she knows she'll "never be lonely or without help," and is therefore more likely to exit a bad marriage.

Is that a new idea?
Not entirely. The Baltimore Sun's Susan Reimer points to an old proverb: "My son's my son till he hath got him a wife. But my daughter's my daughter all the days of her life."

Is either set of theories persuasive?
Looking at her husband, daughter, and son, Reimer says, Kelly's thesis "sounds about right to me." But Salon's Tracy Clark-Flory says that both sets of explanations are a little dehumanizing. "It's always disconcerting when researchers use percentages and averages to talk about complex human beings," she says. And while "these sorts of faceless generalizations about gender are... useful to a certain point," they should be taken with "a grain of salt."

http://theweek.com/article/index/206...cause-divorces

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Re: Theory: Women With Daughters Don't Need Husbands

actually, i find that
Mothers with daughters "don't need their husbands as much."
seems quite true..

daughters will be daughters even after they becomes mothers themselves.. this is why there is a much sang bond between a mother and daughter than a monther and son..

apart from the rebellious period which the teen will 'stray' away from the family and her mom, daughters will go shopping, reading, do some hobbies, cook, pack up the house, chat, comfort and bond with her mother regardless of her age.. this kind of 'activities' is lesser between mother and a grown up son.. especially after he is married.. what hokkien always say '儿时是母子, 长大后变成老婆的儿子'

personally, with my daughter around, i find it easier to cope when my BF have to go on frequent overseas trips.. i give her all my attention after work, and time flies like this..

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