At times of stress it is easy for a woman with low self-esteem to adjust her behavior and speech in relating to others but more difficult to change her feelings. (Gray, John, PhD. Men, Women and Relationships. p 112. OR: Beyond Words Publishing, Inc., 1990-1993.)

Sociologists Ronald Kessler and James McRae, Jr. found that although married women who were employed tended to enjoy better mental health than homemakers, the husbands of employed wives tended to have lower-self-esteem and more symptoms of depression than husbands of homemakers. (Tanenbaum, Joe. Male & Female Realities. p 147. NV: Robert Erdmann Publishing, 1990.)

The wife is more likely to recognize that the relationship is in trouble. (Fisher, Helen, PhD. The First Sex. p 275-276. NY: Random House, 1999.)

Study: dependence on her husband for success may reduce a wife’s feelings of worth, especially if she is well educated and able to earn her own rewards. Nonworking housewives with attractive, high-status husbands felt less adequate than married professional women. (Conway, Jim and Sally. Women In Midlife Crisis. p 46-48. IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1971.)

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