Mindy J. Erchull, Miriam Liss, Sarah J. Axelson, Samantha E. Staebell, and Sabrina F. Askari, Department of Psychology, University of Mary Washington.
WELL . . . SHE WANTS IT MORE: PERCEPTIONS OF SOCIAL NORMS ABOUT DESIRES FOR MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN AND ANTICIPATED CHORE PARTICIPATION
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2010
©2010 Division 35, American Psychological Association
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 34, Issue 2, pages 253–260, June 2010
How to Cite
Erchull, M. J., Liss, M., Axelson, S. J., Staebell, S. E. and Askari, S. F. (2010), WELL . . . SHE WANTS IT MORE: PERCEPTIONS OF SOCIAL NORMS ABOUT DESIRES FOR MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN AND ANTICIPATED CHORE PARTICIPATION. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34: 253–260. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2010.01566.x
- Issue published online: 6 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2010
- Initial submission: January 1, 2009Initial acceptance: April 1, 2009Final acceptance: June 5, 2009
The current study examined how desire for marriage and children related to anticipated chore involvement for both men and women. An online survey was completed by 466 college students recruited from multiple colleges and universities in Virginia. Participants provided information about their own desire for marriage and children, expectations for future division of household labor, and their perceptions of the typical woman's and man's desires for marriage and children. Men and women did not differ in their self-reported desires for marriage and children. However, the typical man was perceived as having a lower desire for both marriage and children and the typical woman as having a higher desire for both. Desire for marriage and children was predicted by anticipated chore involvement above and beyond liberal attitudes for women but not for men. These findings are discussed in terms of how social norms and stereotypes affect power in relationships through the principle of least interest.