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Measure of core housework

The measure of core housework assess the number of hours spent by mothers and fathers on core household work i.e. work that is least optional and less likely to be postponed.

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Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults

Items:

How many hours in an average week (do you/does your spouse) do the following?

  • Cooking or meal preparation
  • Meal clean-up and dishwashing
  • Laundry including washing, drying, and ironing clothes
  • Cleaning house
  • Grocery shopping

Response Options:
Number of hours: ___

Scoring Procedures

The number of hours for each activity were added to get the total number of hours separately for mothers and fathers. The number of hours for mothers and fathers were added to get total couple hours. Then the father's number of hours was divided by the total couple hours to get the proportion of household work hours done by fathers.

Original Citation

Pinto, K. M., & Coltrane, S. (2009). Divisions of labor in Mexican origin and Anglo families: Structure and culture. Sex Roles, 60, 482-495. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-008-9549-5

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