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Soc Family Thry 5

Theorist(s)ExplanationYear
Wilmott and Young Marriage in the 1970s was likely to be egalitarian because of the fragmentation of extended families, greater job opportunities, access to contraception and more women working. 1970s
Ann Oakley Oakley interviewed 40 housewives in suburban London and found that only 15% of husbands had high levels of participation in housework. 1974
Craig Women do between one third and one half more housework than men. The “partnership penalty”. 2007
Ben-Galim and Thompson 8/10 married women do more housework than men. 1/10 married men did an equal amount of cleaning as the wife. 2013
Mumsnet Questioned around 1,000 working mothers and found that women did double the amount of housework as men even if they did a full day of work. 81% say they’re responsible for organising major events. 2014
BBC Study of 1,000 men and women; modern marriage characterised by ‘chore wars’. 2/3 of those aged 18-34 regularly argued over domestic chores. 2014
Green Wives usually interpret leisure time as free from paid work and family commitments; men regard leisure as free from paid work. 1996
Kan et al. Men time on domestic labour; 90 mins/day in 1960s to 148 mins/day in 2004. 2009
Crompton As women’s earning power increases, so does their relative power in the home. 1997
Fisher et al. British fathers’ involvement in the care of their children saw an 800% increase from 1975 to 1997, rising from 15 mins to 2 hours in an average working day. 1999
Smith Fathers in nuclear families carry out an average of 25% of the family’s childcare activities during the week and 1/3 at weekends. 2009
Craig Often, men only engage with children when the mother is around, and this time is usually spent playing and talking to the child. 2007
Maume In families with working mothers, 1 in 4 fathers took emergency time off to care for sick children. 2008
Edgell Decision making in nuclear families could be allocated to three broad categories; very important, important, and less important. The former was male dominated and the latter female dominated. 1980
Hardill et al. Edgell’s 1980 study still applied because middle class women still deferred important decisions to their husband because he was the major breadwinner. 1997
Leighton Wives gain power in the relationship when males become unemployed. 1992
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