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Time spent working: Paid work, housework and the gender difference in psychological distress
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
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2010 (English)In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 12, no 3, 419-442 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines the connection between the time that women and men spend on paid work and housework and psychological distress, and addresses the question whether gender differences in time spent on these activities account for the gender difference in psychological distress. A group (n =1,277) of employed and cohabiting women and men from the Swedish Level-of-Living Survey 2000 (LNU 2000) are analysed using OLS regression. Results show that time spent on housework explains part of the gender difference in psychological distress. Among women, paid working time and possibly time spent on housework are associated with low psychological distress. However, spending too much time on one role decreases the possible beneficial effect of the other, and this is mainly caused by the resulting increase in total role time. Men's level of psychological distress is not associated with hours of paid work or housework. The study also shows that the division of housework between women and men is unusually uneven in households where women have a long total role time. Thus, an increase in men's participation in housework could decrease the gender difference in psychological distress as well as the number of women experiencing a high workload.

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2010. Vol. 12, no 3, 419-442 p.
Keyword [en]
division of housework; paid work; psychological distress; time use; gender equality; Sweden
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25508DOI: 10.1080/14616691003716928ISI: 000280158900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-25508DiVA: diva2:199870
Available from: 2008-10-16 Created: 2008-10-13 Last updated: 2011-11-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Happy hour? Studies on well-being and time spent on paid and unpaid work
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2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The present thesis focuses on causes and consequences of paid working hours and housework hours among women and men in Sweden and Europe. It consists of four studies.

Study I investigates changes in the division of housework in Swedish couples when they become parents. The study shows that women adjust their housework hours to the number and age of children in the household, whereas men do not. Longer parental leave periods among fathers have the potential to counteract this change towards a more traditional division of housework.

Study II explores the associations between psychological distress and paid working hours, housework hours and total role time in Sweden. The results suggest that women’s psychological distress decreases with increasing paid working hours and housework hours, but that a long total role time is associated with high levels of distress. The gender difference in time spent on housework accounts for 40 per cent of the gender difference in psychological distress.

Study III asks whether hours spent on paid work and housework account for the European gender difference in well-being, and whether the associations between well-being and hours of paid work and housework is influenced by gender attitudes and social comparison. The results indicate that gender differences in time spent on paid work and housework account for a third of the gender difference in well-being. Gender attitudes and social comparison do not to any great extent influence the associations between well-being and paid work and housework, respectively.

Study IV examines possible differences between European family policy models in the associations between well-being and hours of paid work and housework. Some model differences are found, and they are accounted for by experiences of work-family conflict among men, but not among women. For both women and men, work-family conflict appears to suppress positive aspects of paid working hours.

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Stockholm: Institutet för social forskning (SOFI), 2008. 25 p.
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Swedish Institute for Social Research, ISSN 0283-8222 ; 74
Keyword
Well-being, paid work, housework, gender equality, family policy, parental leave, social comparison, Sweden, Europe
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8239 (URN)978-91-7155-73-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-11-07, hörsal 8, hus D, Universitetsvägen 10, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2008-10-16 Created: 2008-10-13 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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