Tuesday, 20 December 2011
A 2009 study of more than 500 married U.S. couples conducted at Washington University, Seattle, found that men are seven times more likely to leave a relationship because of their partner’s serious illness than a woman is.
Similarly, in the Macmillan study, 31 per cent of women said their relationship had ended due to cancer — compared with 11 per cent of men. "Men are more visual than women and are more likely to be attracted by what they see. Equally they are more likely to reject for this reason," says Leila Collins.
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The article goes on to tell the story of Bethann who had surgery due to cancer. Her husband of 14 years (and high school sweetheart) Jasper was so revolted by the scar that he made his sick wife sleep on the recliner, lest her scar touch their bed! In a sick twist of fate, he later contracted lung cancer and died in 2001.
Why do you think men are more likely to leave their sick spouses?