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
Publication date 2011-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/sf/90.1.111
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
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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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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