Mother-in-laws in China get along better with their son-in-laws, and show special favoritism towards those who make more money, as revealed by a survey on Chinese marriages from consulting firm Horizon.
The survey, which was conducted across 4,656 households in 36 Chinese cities, looked into gender roles and in-laws’ influences on Chinese marriages. Results seem to suggest, perhaps unsurprisingly, that Chinese mothers tend to favor son-in-laws.
Only 3.7 percent of son-in-laws expressed complaints about their spouses’ mothers. A grand 71.7 percent of male respondents said they received “care” from their mother-in-laws, while 16.4 percents of husbands described being ‘extremely close’ with them. In contrast, a slightly less encouraging 64.6 percent of Chinese wives said they were able to get along with their mother-in-laws.
Also unsurprisingly, the survey concluded that for husbands, it’s no money, no honey…from their wives’ moms. According the findings, gender is not the only factor influencing Chinese mothers’ attitudes. The level of “support” received from maternal in-laws is highly related to the respondents’ income.
The percentage of husbands who expressed feeling “support” from their wives’ mothers were as follows: 70.4 percent among low-paid workers, 71.2 percent among middle-class workers and 80.8 percent among the wealthier husbands The figures for female spouses among the three respective income groups were 62.2 percent, 65.7 percent and 70.5 percent.
Managerial workers from state-owned companies were the most favored child-in-laws, with 76.2 percent and 75 percent mom-in-law approval rates from the male and female pools, the highest among all professions. Unemployed daughter-in-laws expressed experiencing the most negative attitudes from mother-in-laws, with 62.5 percent of them able to stay in harmony with their husbands’ moms.
by Lily Lin