Conversely, when a husband worked more than 40 hours a week, his wife's health was not affected. In fact, it was only when a man worked less than 16 hours a week that the health of both husband and wife deteriorated.
"Wives arrange more social contact for their husbands than husbands arrange for themselves," Stolzenberg explains. But working women have less time to arrange social outings, and social contact reduces stress—which is crucial to good health.
So how can husbands stay healthy when their wives work? "They can just spend more time with their friends," Stolzenberg says.
–Melanie LeTourneau, Psychology Today