Behavior: The Perils of Dual Careers

Married couples who work are crowding therapists' offices

Bob, 55, a corporate executive in New York City, decided to take early retirement and switch to a less stressful career that would allow him more leisure. His wife Sally, 40, had returned to work after their children had grown up, and her career in sales was taking off. She angrily accused Bob of being domineering and asked for a separation.

Betty and Dan, lawyers at large Chicago firms, had a six-figure combined income but squabbled at home about their finances. Then, early this year, Betty received a lucrative offer that meant moving to the East. Dan, however, wanted to remain...

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