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Does Unequal Housework Lead to Divorce? Evidence from Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Linköping University, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Karlstad University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3442-9377
2017 (English)In: Sociology, ISSN 0038-0385, E-ISSN 1469-8684Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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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divorce, housework, register data, relationship satisfaction, Sweden
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-148797DOI: 10.1177/0038038516674664OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-148797DiVA: diva2:1156420
Available from: 2017-11-13 Created: 2017-11-13 Last updated: 2017-11-22

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