The University of Queensland Social Research Centre, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia.
Life Course Transitions and Housework: Marriage, Parenthood, and Time on Housework
Article first published online: 7 APR 2008
© National Council on Family Relations, 2008
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 70, Issue 2, pages 259–272, May 2008
How to Cite
Baxter, J., Hewitt, B. and Haynes, M. (2008), Life Course Transitions and Housework: Marriage, Parenthood, and Time on Housework. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 259–272. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00479.x
- Issue published online: 7 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 7 APR 2008
- housework/division of labor;
- life course;
- marital status;
- transition to parenthood
We examine the effects of transitions in marital and parenthood status on 1,091 men’s and women’s housework hours using two waves of data from an Australian panel survey titled Negotiating the Life Course. We examine transitions between cohabitation and marriage, and from cohabitation or marriage to separation, as well as transitions to first and higher-order births. We find extraordinary stability in men’s housework time across most transitions but considerable change for women in relation to transitions in parenthood. Our results suggest that the transition to parenthood is a critical moment in the development of an unequal gap in time spent on routine household labor.