据最近发表在《家庭心理学杂志》(Journal of Family Psychology)上的对169对夫妇进行的一项为期4年的调查显示，职业母亲在承担繁重的工作负担时，对她们的婚姻往往会更满意。研究人员指出，原因之一可能是，当职业母亲的工作负荷加重时，她们的丈夫往往会承担更多的家务劳动。
Does Busier Job Equal Happier Marriage
For many people in general, 'working hard can be energizing[催化剂] and can complement one's role as a spouse[配偶],' says the latest study. Affirming this 'work hard, play hard' approach to life, researchers at the University of Wisconsin have found some people are energized by juggling a lot of roles. We have posted before on how the juggle energizes some people, but drains[消耗] others.
However, when dads' on-the-job workloads[工作量] rise, both they and their wives tend to become less satisfied with their marriages, the Utrecht University study says. The reasons aren't explained in the study, but they echo other studies documenting what psychologists call 'scarcity theory'[稀缺理论] the idea that human strivings[努力] are sometimes a zero-sum game, and that demands at work drain time and energy for couples to spend on marriage and children.