Irish doctor with too many thoughts, too little time and a blog that's supposed to check in on reality.

Monday, March 13, 2006

When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Happy Housewife!

From yesterday's Sunday Times.
So watch out - the Happy Housewives are coming. We're going to show the world that we can be good mothers, look good, have great sex lives, be interesting and creative, and find ways to make money without leaving our families for 12 hours a day. It's about time someone had the guts to say that one, eh?

And the hard, cold facts - from an University of Viriginia study -
The companionate theory of marriage suggests that egalitarianism in practice and belief leads to higher marital quality for wives and higher levels of positive emotion work on the part of husbands. Our analysis of women’s marital quality and men’s marital emotion work provides little evidence in support of this theory. Rather, in examining women’s marital quality and men’s emotional investments in marriage, we find that dyadic commitment to institutional ideals about marriage and women’s contentment with the division of household tasks are more critical. We also show that men’s marital emotion work is a very important determinant of women’s marital quality.We conclude by noting that “her” marriage is happiest when it combines elements of the new and old: that is, gender equity and normative commitment to the institution of marriage.

Wives are happier when their husbands earn more than 68% of household income; are understanding and affectionate; believe in lifelong committment and also when traditional roles are followed (husband earning, wife caring for family).


Blogger Dealga said...

Did you see all the great reviews the new Neko Case album is getting?...

As for the study, it's a little unimpressive. It looks like those carrying it out formed an opinion rather than a theory based on evidence and selected a population that may have been more likely to fit their model. For a quick example the fact that they divided the country up into four parts gives too much bias in favour of flyover country. Not disagreeing with the findings, just not all that impressed.

March 13, 2006 4:47 p.m.  

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