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The Division of Household Labor and Wives' Happiness: Ideology, Employment, and Perceptions of Support
Darlene L. Piña and Vern L. Bengtson
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 55, No. 4 (Nov., 1993), pp. 901-912
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352771
Page Count: 12
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Insights from feminist family research were used to develop a theory specifying a wife's perception of support from her husband as the mechanism linking more equal divisions of housework with greater happiness. Results from a study of 287 married women indicate that egalitarian and fulltime employed wives perceived less support from their husbands when domestic labor arrangements were more unequal. The wives who perceived less support in turn experienced lower marital and personal happiness compared to wives with more equal household labor arrangements. Trends suggest that the relationship between unequal division of labor and perceived support did not hold for traditional and non-fulltime employed wives, who also did not suffer in terms of lowered happiness.
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1993 National Council on Family Relations