The happy homemaker? Married women's well-being in cross-national perspective

Treas, Judith, van der Lippe, Tanja and Tai, Tsui-o Chloe (2011) The happy homemaker? Married women's well-being in cross-national perspective. Social Forces, 90 1: 111-132. doi:10.1093/sf/90.1.111

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Author Treas, Judith
van der Lippe, Tanja
Tai, Tsui-o Chloe
Title The happy homemaker? Married women's well-being in cross-national perspective
Journal name Social Forces   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0037-7732
1534-7605
Publication date 2011-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/sf/90.1.111
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 90
Issue 1
Start page 111
End page 132
Total pages 22
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject 1202 History
3314 Anthropology
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract A long-standing debate questions whether homemakers or working wives are happier. Drawing on cross-national data for 28 countries, this research uses multi-level models to provide fresh evidence on this controversy. All things considered, homemakers are slightly happier than wives who work fulltime, but they have no advantage over part-time workers. The work status gap in happiness persists even controlling for family life mediators. Cross-level interactions between work status and macro-level variables suggest that country characteristics - GDP, social spending, women's labor force participation, liberal gender ideology and public child care - ameliorate the disadvantage in happiness for full-time working wives compared to homemakers and part-time workers.
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