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Marital Quality and Satisfaction with the Division of Household Labor across the Family Life Cycle

J. Jill Suitor
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 53, No. 1 (Feb., 1991), pp. 221-230
DOI: 10.2307/353146
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353146
Page Count: 10
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Marital Quality and Satisfaction with the Division of Household Labor across the Family Life Cycle
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Abstract

This study used data from a national survey of 741 men and 964 women to examine life-cycle variations in (a) satisfaction with the division of household labor; and (b) the relationship between satisfaction with the division of household labor and marital quality. Wives' satisfaction with the division of household labor followed a pronounced U-shaped curve across the life cycle, while husbands' satisfaction did not. Satisfaction with the division of household labor was moderately related to both wives' and husbands' marital quality across almost all life-cycle stages. Satisfaction with the division of labor was more important in explaining marital happiness and conflict than were age, educational attainment, or wife's employment status, while only age was more important in explaining verbal aggression.

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