Gender division of tasks by parents and their children

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Title Gender division of tasks by parents and their children
Author Homel, Ross; Burns, A
Journal Name Psychology of Women Quarterly
Year Published 1989
Place of publication USA
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc
Abstract The division of parenting tasks between wives and husbands was explored in a sample of 279 Australian families containing a 9–11-year-old child, and the children's performance of household tasks was compared with their parents' division of labor. Three parenting factors (domestic care, leisure/enrichment, and psychological), and four child factors (handyman, domestic, maturity, and babysitting) were obtained. Mothers were more active than fathers on all three parenting factors, but significant differences were found between parents of differing SES and cultural backgrounds. Among children, the greatest sex difference was found on the handyman factor, where boys greatly outperformed girls. Boys' performance on this factor was not related to parental division of labor or social background, but girls' performance was higher when they were only children and when they lived in higher SES families. Girls outperformed boys on the domestic and maturity factors. Parenting style, SES, and cultural background also were significantly related to these factor scores. Apart from child's sex, cultural background was the strongest predictor of children's task performance.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 13
Page from 113
Page to 125
ISSN 0361-6843
Date Accessioned 2009-12-03; 2012-05-10T22:55:58Z
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1a

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