Pathways into marriage : Cohabitation and the domestic division of labor

Baxter, Janeen, Haynes, Michele and Hewitt, Belinda (2010) Pathways into marriage : Cohabitation and the domestic division of labor. Journal of Family Issues, 31 11: 1507-1529. doi:10.1177/0192513X10365817

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Author Baxter, Janeen
Haynes, Michele
Hewitt, Belinda
Title Pathways into marriage : Cohabitation and the domestic division of labor
Journal name Journal of Family Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0192-513X
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0192513X10365817
Volume 31
Issue 11
Start page 1507
End page 1529
Total pages 23
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Does time spent in a cohabiting relationship prior to marriage lead to more egalitarian housework arrangements after marriage? Previous research has shown that housework patterns within cohabiting relationships are more egalitarian than in marital relationships. But do these patterns remain when couples marry? The findings from previous studies are mixed. This article uses three waves of data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey to examine changes in men's and women's time spent on housework as they transition into marriage. The results show that men's housework hours remain stable regardless of life course pathway, and for women there is only minimal evidence that different pathways into marriage lead to different housework outcomes. The article concludes that the gender division of labor is developed well before the formation of a union and that the pathway to marriage has a relatively small effect on housework patterns after marriage.
© The Author(s) 2010.
Keyword Marriage
Division of labour
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2011 Collection
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