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Who’s bathing the baby? The division of domestic labour in Sweden
Kenyon College, Department of Sociology.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6985-6729
2009 (English)In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, ISSN 1062-1024, E-ISSN 1573-2843, Vol. 15, no 2, 139-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden the government has enacted specific policies, such as generous parental leave, to encourage couples to share in both economic and domestic labour. Using data from a national survey of Swedish women I year after childbirth, we assess whether the division of labour varies depending on women parental leave status, education or number of children. We move beyond the most common measures of domestic labour (housework) and include several measures of daily child-care tasks. Our findings indicate that men share fairly equally only if their partner has returned to work full-time. This pattern remained regardless of women level of education and number of children. We suggest that parental leave policies are necessary but not sufficient tools for encouraging gender equity at home.

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2009. Vol. 15, no 2, 139-152 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-7666ISI: 000269402400003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77950752427OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-7666DiVA: diva2:127939
Available from: 2008-12-10 Created: 2008-12-10 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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