Who should do the housework? Evidence from a factorial survey on the attitude towards sharing domestic labor in Germany





Professorship/Faculty: State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg (ifb)  ; Demography  
Author(s): Schulz, Florian  
Corporate Body: 82nd Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, 2017, Chicago, IL, USA
Publisher Information: Bamberg : OPUS
Year of publication: 2019
Pages: 1
Year of first publication: 2017
Language(s): English
Remark: 
Konferenzposter
DOI: 10.20378/irbo-55876
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-SA - Attribution - ShareAlike 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-558766
Abstract: 
Conference poster: Attitudes towards housework are important for a sociological explanation of the dynamics of the gender division of labor in couples. This study adds to the literature on gender ideology by providing a theoretically grounded and methodologically innovative empirical analysis of the attitude towards housework sharing. Using data from a factorial survey of 1120 German women and men, I show that both genders, with minimal differences between them, follow ideas of gender egalitarianism, resource exchange and equity when assessing housework responsibilities in couples. Equal sharing is the favored arrangement, particularly in situations of economic resource equality. Relatively higher employment entails less housework for women and men, and vice versa. Parenthood is marginally relevant for the assessment of relative housework participation. With the factorial survey, I introduce a novel approach of how to measure the attitude towards ‘Who should do the housework’ much more directly than any other study before.
Keywords: attitudes, division of labor, factorial survey, housework, Germany
Document Type: Conferenceobject
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/46774
Release Date: 19. November 2019

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