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Does Unequal Housework Lead to Divorce?: Evidence from Sweden
University of Melbourne, Australia.
Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA), Sweden; Linköping University, Sweden.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health (from 2013). Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA).
2018 (English)In: Sociology, ISSN 0038-0385, E-ISSN 1469-8684, Vol. 52, no 1, p. 75-94Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The lack of couple-level data hinders direct exploration of how inconsistencies in couples' housework reports structure their relationship quality. We address this limitation by applying Swedish data from the 2009 Young Adult Panel Study (N = 1057 couples) matched with Swedish register data (2009-2014) to extend equity theory by estimating mismatch in couples' housework reports on relationship satisfaction and stability. We find women who report performing more housework are less likely to be satisfied with their relationships, and are more likely to consider breaking up. These unions are also more likely to dissolve. Using both partners' housework reports, we document discrediting women's housework contribution, or reporting she does less than she reports, is associated with lower relationship satisfaction. Women in these partnerships also consider breaking up, and the unions are more likely to dissolve. Our results identify the gendered impact of housework inequality on relationship stability.

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London, UK: Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 52, no 1, p. 75-94
Keywords [en]
divorce, housework, register data, relationship satisfaction, Sweden
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Gender Studies; Public Health Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66187DOI: 10.1177/0038038516674664ISI: 000423185800005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-66187DiVA, id: diva2:1181691
Available from: 2018-02-09 Created: 2018-02-09 Last updated: 2018-06-12Bibliographically approved

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