Sharing housework can be healthy: cultural and psychological factors influencing men's involvement in household maintenance

Kosakowska-Berezecka, Natasza; Korzeniewska, Lubomiła; Kaczorowska, Marta
July 2016
Health Psychology Report;2016, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p189
Academic Journal
Following gender prescriptions can affect individuals' quality of life. Research has shown that the unequal distribution of household labor is correlated with low psychological well-being and family conflict. Therefore, negotiations concerning household and family duties within relationships appear to be an important health-related issue. Additionally, research has shown that couples who have more gender-egalitarian arrangements within their households have better health outcomes if the wider society is more gender egalitarian. In this literature review, we aim to shed light on the relationship of the equal division of housework between women and men with their health and well-being. We also present selected results from the series of studies conducted during our PAR Migration Navigator project, which explores the practices of gender equality within households and their relationship to individual well-being among Polish couples living in Poland, Polish migrant couples living in Norway, and Norwegian couples living in Norway.


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