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ERIC Number: EJ910515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
"Raising Him . . . to Pull His Own Weight": Boys' Household Work in Single-Mother Households
Berridge, Clara W.; Romich, Jennifer L.
Journal of Family Issues, v32 n2 p157-180 Feb 2011
In this study, the authors examine boys' household work in low- and moderate-income single-mother families. Through describing the work that boys do, why they do this work, and the meaning that they and their mothers give to this work, they add to the understanding of housework as an arena for gender role reproduction or interruption. Their data reveal that adolescent boys did a significant amount of work and took pride in their competence. Mothers grounded their expectations of boys' household contributions in life experience. They both needed their sons' day-to-day contributions and wanted their sons to grow into men who were competent around the house and good partners. In demanding household work from their sons, these single mothers themselves work to undermine the traditional gendered division of such labor. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington; Wisconsin