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A Critical Analysis of "Do Husbands contribute more to domestic tasks when their wives are working?"

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Contents Introduction 2 Theoretical Context of the Study 2 Methodological Approach and Methods Used 2 Critical Analysis of Theoretical Context 3 Critical Analysis of Methodological Approach and Methods Used 3 Main Findings of the Study 5 Critical Annalysis of the Overall Findings 6 Conclusion 7 Bibliography 8 Introduction The study I am reviewing is "Do Husbands contribute more to domestic tasks when their wives are working?" This study has been researched and concluded by S. Bond. As the title suggests, this study tries to quantify the correlation between families where both partners work, compared to stay at home wives with working husbands. There have been numerous studies carried out in the area of conjugal roles in the home by sociologists such as Young & Wilmot, Oakley and Martin & Roberts. The writer uses information collected in the 'Social Trends Survey 1991' to ascertain if the new man role is still evident. Theoretical Context of the Study In this study the writer does not indicate which theoretical context he has used. I believe this study to be based upon the feminist approach, as he frequently makes reference to the roles of men and women. ...read more.


I believe that the questionnaire S. Bond sent out was far too structured and gave no room for gathering more information and giving even clearer results. Any confusion on the questions would have been immediately cleared up making sure the data received was accurate. Another problem with this study is the small scale and very limited variety of couples used. As the researcher says, all of the couples are very well off in monetary terms; if he could have sampled a wider spectrum of class his results could have been more comprehensive. He also doesn't relate to the kind of work done by the person. Is the job very labour intensive, if so does that affect the results? There are many more factors that can affect the results that have been excluded, does the person take work home or do they carry out other unidentified tasks such as clean the car? Also in the modern home there is such a thing now as a house husband. Would the results from a wife who worked but her husband didn't resemble those from this study? Main Findings of the Study Below I have included the tables and ratios that were displayed in the study. ...read more.


x Male response Occasionally Regularly Child care x D.I.Y. x Housecleaning x Cooking x Washing (dishes, clothes etc) x Female response I believe the results here to be completely unrealistic. How much D.I.Y. needs doing in the average home per week? Plus for a full time working mother doing everything else in the home is virtually impossible. I believe that in this day and age the woman would have either had a nervous breakdown or thrown her partner out for being lazy! Conclusion This research is very interesting and highlights that the roles in the home are changing slowly but the traditional roles of domesticity are still evident. It is interesting to see the views of the couples interviewed but I would have liked to hear more about their situations and also how they feel with the way things are right now. Before reading the research I had my opinion of what the study would conclude and it confirmed my opinions. If it was feasible, further research from a much wider range of couples from different social backgrounds, same sex couples and class differences would have made for much more competent results. This research has achieved what it set out to do and that is to see if Husbands contribute more to domestic tasks when their wives are working. ...read more.

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