Men's Share of Housework May Depend on Career Choice08/13/13
TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- How much time a man spends
doing housework is related to the type of job he has, a new study
Researchers analyzed data collected from 1981 to 2009 and found
that married or cohabiting men who worked in traditionally "female
jobs" -- such as teaching, child care or nursing -- spent more time
doing housework than those in traditionally male jobs.
In addition, the wives and partners of these men spent less time
doing housework than the wives and partners of men in traditionally
Married or cohabiting women who worked in traditionally female
jobs spent more time on housework than those in traditionally male
jobs, and their husbands or partners spent less time doing
housework, according to the study, scheduled for presentation
Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological
Association in New York City.
"Importantly, occupational sex composition is largely unrelated to housework for single men or women, suggesting that occupation influences housework through interactions and negotiations between romantic partners," study author Elizabeth Aura McClintock, a sociologist at the University of Notre Dame, said in an association news release.
In general, women do about two-thirds of household chores,
according to the release, but this study showed that the division
of labor may depend on what they or their male partners do for a
The American Chiropractic Association offers tips to
protect your back while doing housework.
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