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7258 -- SCHULZ, FLORIAN & HANS-PETER BLOSSFELD

Wie verändert sich die häusliche Arbeitsteilung im Eheverlauf? Eine Längsschnittstudie der ersten 14 Ehejahre in Westdeutschland
Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 58.2006:23-49
Keywords: marriage, division of household labor, doing gender, event history analysis, gender, family theory

##How does the division of domestic labor change in the course of marriage? A longitudinal study of the first 14 years of marriage in West Germany
This paper analyses the dynamics of domestic work in the course of marriage in West Germany. Using longitudinal data from the Bamberg Panel Study of Married Couples - a representative sample for West Germany - and applying methods of event history modeling, it is shown that the supposed resource mechanisms of both the economic theory of the family and the bargaining models are not able to explain the changing division of work in the household. Rather the paper presents empirical evidence that doing gender theories and identity formation models with their central concepts of norms, roles, identities, and the inertia of behavioural patterns, are much more important in explaining the dynamics of domestic work over time. The empirical results show that the chances of a greater participation of the husband continuously decreases with the duration of marriage. This process does neither depend on individual economic resources nor on relative constellations of resources among the spouses. The major triggering factor for the traditionalization of domestic work in marriages is the birth of a first child.##

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