Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Husbands add 7 hours to women's work

Study: June brides who dislike dusting and cleaning might want to ponder a study from the University of Michigan showing a husband creates seven more hours of housework a week for his wife. She, on the other hand, reduces his housework by about an hour a week.

Method: Researchers from the university's Institute for Social Research analyzed data from 2005 time diaries from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. They supplemented the analysis with data from questionnaires asking men and women to recall how much time they spent on housework – cooking, cleaning and other basic work around the house excluding gardening, home repairs and car washing – and also examined how the number and age of children, marital status and age affected the time spent on housework.

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