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Low Income Mothers Don't Trust Men

By January 9, 2013

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... or so says a study shared in the Journal of Marriage and Family, as reported by Science News. Almost all of the participants in the study (96%!) were found to have "strong distrust" of the opposite sex, yet when asked about their current relationship, they stated it was of a "trusting" nature. As well, the distrust of said men didn't stop these low income women from entering into romantic, long term relationships.

I have to say that reading this study made me pause, as did the friends I shared it with. The actual information didn't surprise any of us. Rather, the percentage of women is what was frightening. Do virtually all lower income women find men untrustworthy? And if so, why are they entering into relationships with essentially the same gender they have obvious unresolved issues with?

The study went on to say that because of this mismatched trust (feeling distrustful of men in general but stating that their current relationship was trustworthy) put the women who were a part of the study at further risk for unhealthy relationships, basically doing whatever they had to to give their partner the benefit of the doubt.

What do you think about the findings of this study? What would you suggest to low income moms, or the men who date them, in response to this study?

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January 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm
(1) Penny Daley says:

To answer your question “Do virtually all lower income women find men untrustworthy?” is a question that actually parallels with high income woman as well in my opinion.

I believe there are woman in all categories of income that find men untrustworthy and is not necessarily based on economics -yet by experiences.

I would continue to pursue the “why”. Your readers will determine the rest.

January 12, 2010 at 3:22 pm
(2) Rio says:

The trust issue goes both ways. Many men who have achieved are wary of lower class women esp in the US where social identification is so prevalent. Ie you can take the girl out of the (ghetto,trailer park,etc) but you can’t take the (ghetto,trailer park,etc) out of the girl.

January 24, 2013 at 1:56 pm
(3) Isa Adamu says:

In the part of the world where I come from it is a confirmed study where low income group have different sets of, for lack of better word ‘issues’ compared to the high. Distrust is mainly an issue common with the low income group. The women are more vulnerable and naive unfortunately. Most low income men rarely enter a new relation with the intention of a fling, to cheat or whatever else breakups are only a natural tendency of clash between expectation and reality. Class is an element to consider so to jump class is akin to a rural folk making Hollywood. My point being you are more than likely going to fall in love with or around those you live, school, play, work, shop and congregate with i.e. your kind thus if they are low you more than likely be low income too..Because society expects men to “care” for the women on a platter of ‘lack’, men start making promises they can’t keep and soon enough theyare on the search road again looking for the next initial good intentioned relationship that will on sooner crumble to start all over again and again.

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