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Equality between husbands and wives is recognized - in theory - as being beneficial to the well-being of a family. However, empirical research over the past two decades indicates that the advantage is 'his' rather than 'hers': the vast majority of married women still bears a disproportionate responsibility for work related to relationships, home and children.
This book examines why, while women's roles have expanded at an astonishing rate, the critical need for a more egalitarian style of relating has not been met. The author maintains that motivation to seek change stems from people perceiving inequality as unfair, and that this perception can be impeded by gender differences in sense of entitlement.
Table of Contents
Introductory OverviewHis and Her Marriage Research from the SeventiesSocial Roles and Psychological Well-Being Paid Employment vs Full-Time HomemakingThe Relationship between Marital Power and Partners' Well-BeingRelationship Equality What Is It? How Has It Been Measured? Why Does It Matter?Intimacy, Emotion Work and Husbands' and Wives' Well-BeingHis and Her Marriage of the 90s Why Is Relationship Equality So Difficult To Achieve?