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Life Course Transitions and Housework: Marriage, Parenthood, and Time on Housework

Life Course Transitions and Housework: Marriage, Parenthood, and Time on Housework We examine the effects of transitions in marital and parenthood status on 1,091 men’s and women’s housework hours using two waves of data from an Australian panel survey titled Negotiating the Life Course. We examine transitions between cohabitation and marriage, and from cohabitation or marriage to separation, as well as transitions to first and higher‐order births. We find extraordinary stability in men’s housework time across most transitions but considerable change for women in relation to transitions in parenthood. Our results suggest that the transition to parenthood is a critical moment in the development of an unequal gap in time spent on routine household labor. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Marriage and Family Wiley

Life Course Transitions and Housework: Marriage, Parenthood, and Time on Housework

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© National Council on Family Relations, 2008
ISSN
0022-2445
eISSN
1741-3737
DOI
10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00479.x
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Abstract

We examine the effects of transitions in marital and parenthood status on 1,091 men’s and women’s housework hours using two waves of data from an Australian panel survey titled Negotiating the Life Course. We examine transitions between cohabitation and marriage, and from cohabitation or marriage to separation, as well as transitions to first and higher‐order births. We find extraordinary stability in men’s housework time across most transitions but considerable change for women in relation to transitions in parenthood. Our results suggest that the transition to parenthood is a critical moment in the development of an unequal gap in time spent on routine household labor.

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Journal of Marriage and FamilyWiley

Published: May 1, 2008

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