Sociology ETDs

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Despite the fact that women have made large strides in education and the workforce, they still do a significant amount of the traditional household labor. Past research shows that economic variables such as education, income, and available time as well as beliefs regarding gender norms and values can affect the variation of time spent in domestic labor for both men and women. However, inconsistencies in past research warrant the use of other models or theories to better understand this division. This study aims to understand this division through the use of the job dynamics' theory. This theory consists of scores for both job stress and job autonomy. These variables are then added to the current theories and compared with past economic and gender variables. However, these comparisons reveal that job stress and job autonomy from this data set are not statistically significant. But the study does show that variables restricted to economics or gender ideology alone do not fully explain variation in this sample. Further research is needed to evaluate the usefulness of job dynamics and to better understand the variation in the gendered division of household labor.

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Roberts, Aki

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Fiala, Robert


gender, household labor, occupation, job dynamics



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