Her Support, His Support: Money, Masculinity, and Marital Infidelity

  title={Her Support, His Support: Money, Masculinity, and Marital Infidelity},
  author={Christin Lee Munsch},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={469 - 495}
  • C. L. Munsch
  • Published 2015
  • Psychology
  • American Sociological Review
Recent years have seen great interest in the relationship between relative earnings and marital outcomes. Using data from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, I examine the effect of relative earnings on infidelity, a marital outcome that has received little attention. Theories of social exchange predict that the greater one’s relative income, the more likely one will be to engage in infidelity. Yet, emerging literature raises questions about the utility of gender-neutral exchange… Expand

Figures and Tables from this paper

Marriage and Masculinity: Male-Breadwinner Culture, Unemployment, and Separation Risk in 29 Countries
Cross-country variation in gender norms is leveraged to test the hypothesis that gender culture conditions which heterosexual romantic relationships end and when and provides robust evidence that male-breadwinner norms are a key driver of the association between men’s unemployment and the risk of separation. Expand
aChievement and Gender differenCeS in divorCe
This chapter examines the implications of career achievement for divorce, and whether they differ for men and women. Consistent with theory suggesting that women’s workplace achievement violatesExpand
The Economic Foundations of Cohabiting Couples’ Union Transitions
Alternative theories of how money and work affect whether cohabiting couples marry or separate are tested to demonstrate that within-couple earnings equality promotes stability, and between-c couple inequalities in economic resources are critical in producing inequalities in couples’ relationship outcomes. Expand
When opportunity knocks, who answers? Infidelity, gender, race, and occupational sex composition
Correspondence Christin L. Munsch, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Email: christin.munsch@uconn.edu To date, the prevailing explanation for gender differences inExpand
Chapter 13 Penalty for Success? Career Achievement and Gender Differences in Divorce
Abstract This chapter examines the implications of career achievement for divorce, and whether they differ for men and women. Consistent with theory suggesting that women’s workplace achievementExpand
Economic Self-Reliance and Gender Inequality between U.S. Men and Women, 1970–20101
Women have become increasingly economically self-reliant, depending more on paid employment for their positions in the income distribution than in the past. We know little about what happened to men,Expand
Educational Assortative Mating and Female Breadwinning Trajectories: A Group-Based Trajectory Analysis
Abstract The gender-gap reversal in education could have far-reaching consequences for marriage and family lives in the United States. This study seeks to address the following question: As womenExpand
“Beyoncé and Her Husband”: Representing Infidelity and Kinship in a Black Marriage
This article explores infidelity and kinship within representations of the marriage of two superstar African American performers, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, popularly known as Beyoncé, and herExpand
To Provide and Protect: Gendering Money in Ukrainian Households
In this article, I advance a theory of gendered money and demonstrate how couples give special symbolic meaning to men’s money in domestic exchanges. Unlike previous perspectives on gender and moneyExpand
On whose account? A longitudinal study of financial arrangements within heterosexual couples
While bank accounts choices provide an important window into within-couple financial arrangements, they remain relatively under-researched. In this paper we examine trends in and predictors ofExpand


Economic Dependence in Marriage and Husbands’ Midlife Health
Prior research suggests that midlife husbands have worse health when they earn less than their wives; however, the mechanism(s) for this relationship have not been evaluated. In this study, theExpand
Autonomy, Dependence, or Display? The Relationship Between Married Women’s Earnings and Housework
I argue that both the dominant models of the relationship between earnings and housework, economic dependence and gender display, have fundamental defects. They focus on the effect of women'sExpand
The changing importance of white women's economic prospects for assortative mating
Given recent changes in the labor force participation and economic standing of women, we ask whether a woman's position in the labor market has become a more important determinant of her position inExpand
Is Infidelity a Cause or a Consequence of Poor Marital Quality?
Because sexual fidelity is a key norm regulating the institution of marriage, any occurrence of extramarital sex (EMS) could potentially contribute to marital dissolution. Although the relationshipExpand
Income dynamics in couples and the dissolution of marriage and cohabitation
It is found that the stabilizing effects of income equality are more pronounced early in the marriage and that income equality also reduces the dissolution risk for same-sex couples. Expand
Dollars, Dependency, and Divorce: Four Perspectives on the Role of Wives’ Income
This article delineates and assesses the evidence for four perspectives that have guided previous research on the relationship between wives' economic resources and marital stability. Hypotheses fromExpand
Network Position and Sexual Dysfunction: Implications of Partner Betweenness for Men1
It is argued that network positions that afford independence and control over social resources are consistent with traditional masculine roles and may therefore affect men's sexual performance. Expand
The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Trends in Marital Dissolution
A large shift is shown in the association between spouses’ relative education and marital dissolution, and the relative stability of marriages between educational equals has increased, consistent with a shift away from rigid gender specialization toward more flexible, egalitarian partnerships. Expand
Masculinity, Bargaining, and Breadwinning
This research uses data from 18 countries to investigate cross-national differences in the effect that men’s income relative to their spouses has on their involvement in housework. The authorExpand
Understanding infidelity: correlates in a national random sample.
  • David C. Atkins, D. Baucom, N. Jacobson
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association
  • 2001
Results demonstrated that divorce, education, age when first married, and 2 "opportunity" variables--respondent's income and work status--significantly affected the likelihood of having engaged in infidelity. Expand