A national, representative survey of unmarried, childless 18-32 year olds in the US (cannot find how many took part) has found that young people would, ideally, prefer a relationship in which work and family responsibilities are shared/ divided equally between partners. I am assuming the study asked about heterosexual relationships only in order to examine gender expectations as they’re (probably) the most unequal currently in these terms. So, hopeful.
The majority of young women and men today would prefer an egalitarian relationship in which work and family responsibilities are shared equally between partners if that possibility were available to them, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California-Santa Barbara.
The study, to be published in the February issue of the American Sociological Review, was co-authored by David S. Pedulla, an assistant professor of sociology and a faculty research associate in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and Sarah Thébaud, an assistant professor of sociology and a faculty research associate in the Broom Center for Demography at the University of California-Santa Barbara.
In a survey experiment conducted with a nationally representative sample of unmarried, childless men and women between the ages of 18 and 32 in the United States, the researchers asked respondents how they would ideally like to structure their relationship with a future spouse or partner in terms of balancing work and family life.
The study finds that when the option is made available to them, the majority of respondents – regardless of gender or education level – opt for a relationship in which they would share earning and household/caregiving responsibilities equally with their partner. Additionally, the study finds that if workplace policies that support work-family balance, such as subsidized child care, are in place, women are even more likely to prefer an egalitarian relationship and much less likely to want to be the primary homemaker or caregiver.
Rest: EurekAlert! Science News. The study will be published in February in the American Sociological Review.
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