ERIC Number: ED195885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Sex Differences in the Experience of Family Roles.
Staines, Graham L.
Analyses of sex differences in major life role conflicts suggest a qualitative difference between the family life of men and women, with an advantage for men. Differences between the sexes in ratings of satisfaction with family life were investigated using data taken from the 1977 Quality of Employment Survey. The analysis sample was restricted to parents from dual-earner families, in which the respondents all performed a variety of roles: work, marriage, parenthood, home maintenance, and leisure. The family experiences of men and women were distinguishable not by the number or configuration of roles enacted but by the relationships between these roles in conjunction with the amount of time invested in them. In particular, differences in the perceived quality of family life between husbands and wives were attributable to sex differences in the relationship between their family life roles and their leisure roles. Family roles tended to conflict with leisure roles among women, and tended to overlap with leisure roles among men. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980). Best copy available.