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Role-Sharing Couples: A Study of Egalitarian Marriages

Linda Haas
Family Relations
Vol. 29, No. 3 (Jul., 1980), pp. 289-296
DOI: 10.2307/583848
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/583848
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Abstract

This paper reports findings on a new style of marriage called "role-sharing," where husbands and wives share traditionally male and female family duties. Some 31 role-sharing couples were identified through strategic sampling techniques and studied intensively over a six-month period. One purpose of the study was to discover couples' motivations for trying role-sharing; most were found to have had initiated a shared role pattern out of a desire to realize certain practical benefits rather than a desire to act on an ideological commitment to feminism. An investigation was also made of the problems role-sharers encountered in establishing role-sharing and the solutions they developed for those problems.

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