Working wives, working husbands

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Published in cooperation with the National Council on Family Relations [by] Sage Publications, 1985 - Family & Relationships - 167 pages
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Using data from two US national studies of how husbands and wives allocate time to housework, Pleck determines the relative degree of overload experienced by working wives. He concludes that although overload still exists, it is on the decline, because 'men's time in the family is increasing while women's is decreasing'. The author identifies a 'value shift in our culture towards greater family involvement by husbands'; this accounts for the increase in household involvement both by men whose wives work, and by men whose wives do not. However, many men still do not want to participate in housework to the same degree as women. This book is a timely and provocative study. It raises many significant questions and issues relevant to studies of contemporary society, by examining the ways in which changes in the family occur due to women's employment.

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Paid Work Sex and Sex Role Ideology

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