Gender patterns in domestic labour among young adults in different living arrangements in Australia
AuthorCraig, L; Powell, A; Brown, JE
Source TitleJournal of Sociology
PublisherSage Publications Ltd
University of Melbourne Author/sCraig, Jocelyn
AffiliationSchool of Social and Political Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsCraig, L., Powell, A. & Brown, J. E. (2016). Gender patterns in domestic labour among young adults in different living arrangements in Australia. Journal of Sociology, 52 (4), pp.772-788. https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783315593181.
Access StatusOpen Access
Most research on gender divisions of housework focuses on couple and family households. This article extends this literature to examine gender differences in domestic labour across living arrangements, with particular focus on young adults. Using time-diary data from the nationally representative Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Time Use Survey (2006) it examines the amount and composition of domestic work performed by 20–34-year-olds (n = 889) living with parents, in a share household, alone, or in a couple, differentiating between routine and non-routine housework tasks, and between housework done for oneself only or for the household. It finds gender differences are strongest in couple households, but pertain across living arrangements, including share houses. Also, women’s domestic labour varies more by household characteristics than men’s. However, there is some evidence of non-conformity to gender stereotypes, with young men living in couple relationships contributing more time on activities for the household than young men in other households.
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