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Household Care Survey 2014: Men’s Personal Views on Household Division of Tasks

The Men’s Personal Views on Household Division of Tasks measure includes 9 items from the Oxfam Household Care Survey (HCS) Questionnaire. The items use vignettes about couples’ daily activities to elicit male participants’ views on the normative expectations of division of labor between males and females. The HCS is a multi-country questionnaire developed by Oxfam’s Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care (WE-Care) program to collect data on time spent by adults and children on unpaid care work and gender inequality in care work.

Categories

Geographies Tested: Colombia,Ethiopia,Philippines,Uganda,Zimbabwe

Populations Included: Male

Age Range: Adults

Items:

Interviewer: I will now read to you some stories about imaginary couples in your community and ask you some questions about these couples.

Brian: I work as a carpenter, I leave the house early and come back in the evening. After preparing breakfast for the family, my wife, Susan, works in the fields in the mornings. She returns to prepare lunch for our children. She fetches water and firewood, makes sure the house and compound are clean. When I come back from work I am very tired. My wife brings me water to wash my hands and serves me food. She does the dishes and prepares the beds for all of us.

1. What do you think about the way Brian and Susan divide tasks?
2. What do you think most other members in your community would think about the way Brian and Susan divide tasks?

Response Options:
Strongly approve - 0
Approve - 1
Disapprove - 2
Strongly disapprove - 3

3. How do you and your partner compare to Brian and Susan?

Response Options:
Very different - 0
Different - 1
Similar - 2
Very similar - 3

John: Ever since we got together, my wife Sarah and me have share responsibilities. We get up around the same time, prepare breakfast, clean the house and help the children. We work on our farm together. When we come home from the field, I carry the vegetables and she carries some firewood. We both go and fetch water whenever we need it. She takes the lead on cooking but I help chopping vegetables and cleaning the kitchen and compound.

4. What do you think about the way John and Sarah divide tasks?
5. What do you think most other members in your community would think about the way John and Sarah divide tasks?

Response Options:
Strongly approve - 0
Approve - 1
Disapprove - 2
Strongly disapprove - 3

6. How do you and your partner compare to John and Sarah?

Response Options:
Very different - 0
Different - 1
Similar - 2
Very similar - 3

Michael: My wife Katherine does a lot of work. She works on the farm and does all the housework, bathing the children, collecting water and fuel, cleaning, cooking, making sure the house is okay. I do some agriculture work and some casual labour. I often meet up with my friends to chat or relax. Usually I do not help my wife with her work. But sometimes I might get water or cook if she is sick or not at home.

7. What do you think about the way Michael and Katherine divide tasks?

8. What do you think most other members in your community would think about the way Michael and Katherine divide tasks?

Response Options:
Strongly approve - 0
Approve - 1
Disapprove - 2
Strongly disapprove - 3

9. How do you and your partner compare to Michael and Katherine?

Response Options:
Very different - 0
Different - 1
Similar - 2
Very similar - 3

Scoring Procedures

Not Applicable

Original Citation

Oxfam WE-Care. (2014). Household Care Survey Questionnaire. https://wee.oxfam.org/page/we-care-methodology

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