Is Your Man "Husband Material"? YourTango Expert Survey Shatters Myths On What Makes Men Marriage-Worthy

Plus: Bad Boys & Short Guys, There's Good News For You!

Mar 25, 2013, 06:00 ET from YourTango

NEW YORK, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey of mental health professionals from — the digital leader in love and relationships — dispels numerous long-held myths and reveals what makes a man husband material.

Is it true that you can tell everything you need to know about how a man will treat you by looking at his relationship with his mother? "Not even close," say 65% of experts.

Moreover, 55% of respondents disagree that a man who has never been married by age 40 likely has a deep-seated fear of commitment or some other undesirable issue to resolve.

The vast majority who were surveyed agree that the #1 quality that makes a man husband material is his ability to communicate, followed by honesty and reliability. And, when it comes to finding a husband, experts say the following three qualities matter least to their clients: a man's height, followed by his religion/ethnicity and then his job.

More than 96% of respondents concur that great husbands are made, not born – so it's never too late for a guy to live up to his potential. However, a whopping 89% of experts believe that addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling and/or sex, disqualify a man from being husband material.

"Unfortunately, the #1 husband-worthy trait that most women overlook is kindness. Not great news for all the nice guys out there!" states YourTango CEO, Andrea Miller.

Additional survey findings:

  • Don't discount dads. 58% of experts agree that single fathers make great husbands.
  • Say "no" to mama's boys. 88% say that "mama's boys" are not husband material.
  • Bad boys can make worthy husbands. 85% agree that a man with a checkered past can evolve into a great, lifelong partner.

From March 25 – 29, YourTango Experts will host "Husband Material," an editorial initiative designed to celebrate the keepers out there! Plus, 1,100 YourTango Experts are available for consultation.

Join YourTango's #HusbandMaterial Twitter party, March 26, 2-4 p.m. EDT.

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