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ERIC Number: EJ999107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Gender Equality and Outsourcing of Domestic Work, Childbearing, and Relationship Stability among British Couples
Schober, Pia S.
Journal of Family Issues, v34 n1 p25-52 Jan 2013
This study investigates whether gender inequality in the division of housework and child care may be an obstacle to childbearing and relationship stability among different groups of British couples. Furthermore, it explores whether outsourcing of domestic labor ameliorates any negative effects of domestic work inequality. The empirical investigation uses event-history analysis based on 14 waves (1992-2005) of the British Household Panel Study. The author finds that the association between domestic work arrangements and family outcomes vary by the presence of children, women's employment, and gender role attitudes. Gender inequality in domestic work reduces relationship stability among egalitarian childless women and among all mothers. For first and second births as outcomes, the association is weaker and depends on the level of inequality and women's employment status, respectively. Domestic outsourcing is not significant for these family outcomes with the exception of formal child care, which is positively associated with the risk of a second birth. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom