Apron strings of working mothers: maternal employment and housework in cross-national perspective

Treas, Judith and Tai, Tsui-o (2012) Apron strings of working mothers: maternal employment and housework in cross-national perspective. Social Science Research, 41 4: 833-842. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.01.008


Author Treas, Judith
Tai, Tsui-o
Title Apron strings of working mothers: maternal employment and housework in cross-national perspective
Journal name Social Science Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0049-089X
1096-0317
Publication date 2012-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.01.008
Volume 41
Issue 4
Start page 833
End page 842
Total pages 10
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO United States
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract This paper asks whether maternal employment has a lasting influence on the division of household labor for married women and men. Employing multi-level models with 2002 ISSP survey data for 31 countries, we test the lagged accommodation hypothesis that a long societal history of maternal employment contributes to more egalitarian household arrangements. Our results find that living in a country with a legacy of high maternal employment is positively associated with housework task-sharing, even controlling for the personal socialization experience of growing up with a mother who worked for pay. In formerly socialist countries, however, there is less gender parity in housework than predicted by the high historical level of maternal employment
Keyword Division of household labor
Maternal employment
Cross national research
Gender
Social change
Institutionalization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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