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The sexual distribution of benefits and burdens in the household: Adolescent experiences and expectations

Emler, Nicholas, Abrams, Dominic (1989) The sexual distribution of benefits and burdens in the household: Adolescent experiences and expectations. Social Justice Research, 3 (2). pp. 139-156. ISSN 0885-7466. (doi:10.1007/BF01048063) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

An examination of self-reported contributions to housework and use of resources in the home by 1296 Scottish 16- and 18-year-olds revealed sharp differences between the sexes in both areas. In only one area of housework sampled, household repairs, did boys contribute more often, and in only one area of resources, use of space for friends, did girls benefit more often. Moreover, with respect to housework, sexual inequality was inversely related to social class. Beliefs about sex roles were broadly egalitarian, but weakly related to housework done; among both male and female, contributing to more areas of housework was associated with more egalitarian beliefs. Neither access to resources nor contributions to housework were related to financial contributions made to the household. Generally, the results indicate that sex was the most powerful determinant of both housework and use of resources. It seems that young people are already extensively prepared for inequality in adult sex roles within the family by their own direct experience, if not their sex-role beliefs.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/BF01048063
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: M.L. Barnoux
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2013 11:22 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36059 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Abrams, Dominic: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-4572
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