Volume 3

Division of Household labor and Its Perceived Effects on the Longevity of Cohabitation

Steve Barry & James McCann

There is a clear gender inequality, when it comes to the division of housework. In this study, evidence suggesting that this inequality weighs on the perceived longevity of cohabitative relationships was found. Young adults 70 men and 90 women provided information on these gender roles experiences and attitudes. They also evaluated three hypothesized levels of male–female division of household labor in terms of perceived relationship satisfaction. Results showed that overall, the young adults surveyed were accepting of cohabitation and held relatively non-traditional views of gender rolls. Findings also indicated that women perceived a cohabitating couple as high in satisfaction when the male partner was depicted as sharing household chores equally with the female partner. The importance of open communication between young partners is discussed.

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