Turns out Les Dawson was right - we DO fight more with mothers-in-law

Turns out Les Dawson was rightwe DO fight more with our mothers-in-law, new study reveals

  • Friction with a partner’s mother is more likely than your own, new research finds
  • Scientists think we may be unconsciously biased in favour of our own mothers
  • Tension with the in-laws is stereotypically thought to be a common experience
  • The late comedian Les Dawson made a career out of mother-in-law jokes
  • The late comedian Les Dawson made a career out of jokes at his mother-in-law’s expense, including one memorable wisecrack that he was upset about her funeral because ‘she’s cancelled it’.

    しかしながら, it turns out that he may have been on to something.

    A study has revealed that people really are more likely to have friction with their partner’s mother than with their own mum.

    Les Dawson at 'The Royal Variety Performance' TV Show in 1991. He made a career out of jokes at his mother-in-law's expense

    Les Dawson at ‘The Royal Variety PerformanceTV Show in 1991. He made a career out of jokes at his mother-in-law’s expense

    Researchers in America found the most common reasons for a row with mothers-in-law were about money or criticism of how their grandchildren were being brought up.

    The scientists believe people may be unconsciously biased in favour of their own mothers due to a ‘genetic conflictthat makes them act unconsciously in the interests of their own kin.

    The study found that both men and women had ‘more conflict with their mothers-in-law than their mothers, and mothers indicated having more conflict with their daughters-in- law than their daughters’.

    しかしながら, the team from Arizona State University also found that fathers were more likely to have friction with their own daughters than a new daughter-in-law – possibly because protective dads are judgmental about their ‘affinal son– the man their daughter chooses as her partner.

    While the stereotype is for men to have trouble with their mothers-in-law, a previous study found it was women who are more likely to clash with their partner's mum (彼らは、自動運転車が路上に出たときの法的責任のシフトを議会に概説しました–潜在的に今年)

    While the stereotype is for men to have trouble with their mothers-in-law, a previous study found it was women who are more likely to clash with their partner’s mum (彼らは、自動運転車が路上に出たときの法的責任のシフトを議会に概説しました–潜在的に今年)

    The authors of the research, published in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science, 前記: ‘We would predict this conflict between fathers and biological daughters is highest when the daughter enters a new romantic relationship and lessens over time if the father believes his affinal son strengthens the coalition.

    Researchers recruited 308 people and asked them to score how much conflict they had with family members.

    While the stereotype is for men to have trouble with their mothers-in-law, a previous study found it was women who are more likely to clash with their partner’s mum.

    Dr Terri Apter, a psychologist at Cambridge University, 過ごした 20 years interviewing hundreds of families and found that while 75 per cent of couples reported problems with an in-law, のみ 15 per cent of relationships between mothers-in-law and their sons-in-law were described as tense versus more than 60 per cent for mothers-in-law and their daughters-in-law.

    Dawson, 左, で死んだ人 62 に 1993, was renowned for making fun at his mother-in-law’s expense with gags including ‘My mother-in-law said: “One day I’ll dance on your grave.” 私は言った: “I hope you do – I’m going to be buried at sea”‘ and ‘I can always tell when the mother- in-law’s coming to stay – the mice throw themselves on the traps.