Journal article

Becoming a Female-Breadwinner Household in Australia: Changes in Relationship Satisfaction

Niels Blom, Belinda Hewitt

JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Objective: This study longitudinally investigated the associations between becoming a female-breadwinner household and changes in relationship satisfaction for men and women. Background: Female-breadwinner households pose a fundamental challenge to gender norms, particularly in countries such as Australia with a strong male breadwinner culture. Despite an increase in their prevalence, the implications for relationship satisfaction is understudied. Hypotheses were formulated based on specialization, relative resource, role collaboration, and doing gender theories. Method: A total of 17 waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia household panel survey (76,866 observations,..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This paper uses unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Project was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings and views reported in this paper, however, are those of the author and should not be attributed to either DSS or the Melbourne Institute.