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Symmetrical Family

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Symmetrical Family Marwa Radwan Aim/Hypothesis Hypothesis: Husbands in the UK share the domestic labour equally with their wives. Willmott and Young did a survey in 1973 to test this hypothesis out. Their conclusion was that the majority do help; I want to find out whether the results from their survey are can still be applied to today. My dad does 50% of the domestic labour and so it is a symmetrical relationship between my mum and dad but I want to know if the majority of relationships are also symmetrical. I want to do my research in my area of London, Maida Vale to see if my family are like the majority of my area. (113 words) Context and concepts "The symmetrical family" is the concept in my research, used by Willmott and Young. They have suggested that the modern family is symmetrical; by this they mean that couples have a more balanced arrangement of tasks such as the domestic routine, and carry out similar tasks. This is taking in to mind that there is a difference between men and women and what or how much they are capable of, so they do the same due to their capability. ...read more.


The "symmetrical family" theory contradicts this. Although her research was only interviewing the women so it could be biased. But because there are two different results from these researches I want to find out which one is accurate by doing my own research. (431 words) Main Research Method and Reasons For my method of research I will use unstructured interviews, so that I have a list of questions that would be asked to all participants, but then also if needed ask other questions or ask for an explanation so that I don't misunderstand the person and I get a full picture and understand the complexities that a questionnaire/survey couldn't get. I will interview both men and women in each couple so it's not biased, but separately so that I their answers to get shaped by the other. This data would then therefore be qualitative not quantitative and will then be more precise than Willmott and Young's percentages from their survey. Unstrucured interview will give time for the interviewer to build a freinship with the participant,thus making the participant more comfortable hopefully providing us with more truthful information. ...read more.


Further more, the information the participants will be willing to share,will inevitably be selective,because it will be relying on their memory,which may not be accuate. Past studys also indicate that men tend to overestimate their time spent on domestic chores,in an interview situation we will just have to take their word for it and assume they are telling the truth,where as in reality they may actually do less domestic work then they say they do or in some cases none at all.Consequently this will not paint a reliable picture. As the interview is an unstructured interview , results will be qualitative,therefore it will be harder to classify,because answers will be so varied. This sample will not be able to be generalised to people of this generation because Maida Vale is predominantly middle class so it will not be representing everyone. (Because of them mainly being middle class the husbands jobs would vary to the working class and so could affect their help at home). To be able to generalise the information, I would have to use participants from all over the UK ,social back grounf etc and a much bigger sample. These interviews will be very time consuming and we are not sure we will have enough participants willing to tell us their personal information. ...read more.

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