ERIC Number: EJ882660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Well...She Wants It More: Perceptions of Social Norms about Desires for Marriage and Children and Anticipated Chore Participation
Erchull, Mindy J.; Liss, Miriam; Axelson, Sarah J.; Staebell, Samantha E.; Askari, Sabrina F.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v34 n2 p253-260 Jun 2010
The current study examined how desire for marriage and children related to anticipated chore involvement for both men and women. An online survey was completed by 466 college students recruited from multiple colleges and universities in Virginia. Participants provided information about their own desire for marriage and children, expectations for future division of household labor, and their perceptions of the typical woman's and man's desires for marriage and children. Men and women did not differ in their self-reported desires for marriage and children. However, the typical man was perceived as having a lower desire for both marriage and children and the typical woman as having a higher desire for both. Desire for marriage and children was predicted by anticipated chore involvement above and beyond liberal attitudes for women but not for men. These findings are discussed in terms of how social norms and stereotypes affect power in relationships through the principle of least interest.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Females, Marriage, Social Attitudes, Males, Housework, Gender Differences, College Students, Child Rearing, Family Life, Attitude Measures, Sex Stereotypes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia