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Journal Article

Gender Differences in the Definition and Perception of Household Labor

Susan M. Shaw
Family Relations
Vol. 37, No. 3 (Jul., 1988), pp. 333-337
DOI: 10.2307/584572
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584572
Page Count: 5

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Topics: Housekeeping, Recreation, Child care, Labor, Working women, Men, Women, Gender roles, Housewives, Diaries
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Gender Differences in the Definition and Perception of Household Labor
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Abstract

This article used data from a time-budget and interview study with 60 married couples. Household labor activities recorded in the diaries were analyzed in terms of whether they were experienced as work or leisure, and in terms of their perceptual dimensions and objective situational contexts. Females defined their household labor activities more often as work than did males. In addition, the situational contexts were more negative for females. The employment status of females had little effect on the definition and perception of household labor. These results have implications for family practitioners concerned about the division of responsibility for household labor.

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