Journal article

Gender patterns in domestic labour among young adults in different living arrangements in Australia

Lyn Craig, Abigail Powell, Judith E Brown

Journal of Sociology | Sage Publications Ltd | Published : 2016


Most research on gender divisions of housework focuses on couple and family households. This article extends this literature to examine gender differences in domestic labour across living arrangements, with particular focus on young adults. Using time-diary data from the nationally representative Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Time Use Survey (2006) it examines the amount and composition of domestic work performed by 20–34-year-olds (n = 889) living with parents, in a share household, alone, or in a couple, differentiating between routine and non-routine housework tasks, and between housework done for oneself only or for the household. It finds gender differences are strongest in coup..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported under Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (DP1093311). The views expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Australian Research Council.