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Perceived Distribution of Family Obligations Between Partners and Perception of Equity in a Relationship


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Bartolac, Andreja and Kamenov, Željka. (2013). Perceived Distribution of Family Obligations Between Partners and Perception of Equity in a Relationship. Sociologija i prostor, 51(1). pp. 67-90. ISSN 1846-5226

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Research results over the past twenty years have shown that both men and women agree that family duties should be shared more equitably between partners. However, this responsibility is not exercised accordingly in everyday life. The aim of this study was to find out how partners perceived the distribution of daily duties and responsibilities in their relationship (household chores, management of finances and decision making) and how satisfied they were with such a distribution. Also we wanted to find out whether men and women perceived equity in a relationship differently and which was a better equity predictor: the distribution of family responsibilities or the satisfaction with it? The study included 120 dual-income couples. The results show that women still contribute more to routine or traditionally female chores, while men do periodical or traditionally male household chores. Women are less satisfied than men with this division of housework and finance. Both partners are most satisfied when they participate equally in family expenses and decisions. Men’s experience of equity in a relationship is best predicted by their satisfaction with shared finances and women’s by their satisfaction with shared household tasks. For both partners, satisfaction with shared decisionmaking is a significant predictor.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: distribution of partners’ responsibilities, satisfaction, equity, two-income couples
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 11:29
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 11:29

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