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The Effects of Transitions in Marital Status on Men's Performance of Housework

Sanjiv Gupta
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 61, No. 3 (Aug., 1999), pp. 700-711
DOI: 10.2307/353571
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353571
Page Count: 12
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The Effects of Transitions in Marital Status on Men's Performance of Housework
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Abstract

Using data from the two waves of the National Survey of Families and Households, I analyze the impact of transitions in marital status on changes in men's time spent in housework. The transitions occur among five marital statuses: never married, cohabiting, married, separated, and widowed. I find that men reduce the time they spend in routine housework when they form couple households and increase it when they leave couple households. In contrast, women increase the time they spend doing housework when they enter coresidential unions and reduce it when they exit. This finding suggests that, with respect to housework time at least, the formation of households with adult partners of the opposite gender remains more to men's advantage than to women's.

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