Reasons why parenting couples reverse roles

Clinical psychologist, Stephanie Bové says financial pressure is often the reason for a reverse in couple's roles. She says whether it is because of a long-term illness or results of an accident that can have a life-changing experience, in these situations the role of breadwinner and caretaker may change.

Bové says at times couples do not reverse roles voluntarily, but sometimes they get thrown into that situation with circumstances that are beyond their control.

She says she has a number of cases like these in her coaching practice.

Whether it is a cause of a long-term illness or the result of an accident that can have a life-changing experience for the family and change in dynamics completely- where one partner is catapulted into the situation of being a mom, dad, breadwinner and the primary caregiver if the other partner needs that primary care.

Clinical psychologist, Stephanie Bové

According to Bové, retrenchment and job loss lead to a reverse in couple's roles.

There is real practicality on who is earing the bacon. In today's times, we have career-driven moms who are enjoying the challenge of climbing the corporate ladder. And retrenchment and job loss is such a reality of today. Sometimes it just a practical response to a reality of family life.

Clinical psychologist, Stephanie Bové

Listen to Stephanie Bové explaining the range of issues that lead to partner's reverse roles:


This article first appeared on 702 : Reasons why parenting couples reverse roles


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