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Domestic Role Sharing in Sweden

Linda Haas
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 43, No. 4 (Nov., 1981), pp. 957-967
DOI: 10.2307/351351
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351351
Page Count: 11
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Domestic Role Sharing in Sweden
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Abstract

This article reports on a mail survey which investigated the extent to which Swedish couples share domestic tasks. Swedish couples were found to share household chores more evenly than do American couples, however, practice lags considerably behind ideology. Several hypotheses concerning the determinants of a more egalitarian division of domestic labor were also tested; variables measuring social exchange theory, family life-cycle stage, and socialization had the greatest influence on role sharing behavior. The results suggest that role sharing will become more widespread in Sweden in the future.

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