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Still a woman’s job: the division of housework in couples living with dementia.

Boyle, Geraldine (2013). Still a woman’s job: the division of housework in couples living with dementia. Families, Relationships & Societies, 2(1) pp. 5–21.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1332/204674313X664671
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Abstract

Progress towards gender equality within intimate relationships has been slow, evident in the persistent unequal division of household labour. Previous studies have primarily focused on non-disabled couples, but research into couples where women were physically disabled has similarly shown a lack of gender equity in housework. However, there was a gap in the evidence in relation to whether men do more housework when women develop dementia. This article presents findings from a qualitative study in England, which explored the everyday decisions made by married couples where one partner had dementia. The author examines the division of labour within the couples and identifies whether women exercised any control over who did the housework. As it was found that men were often reluctant to undertake housework when their wives developed dementia, the author concludes that gender inequality in domestic labour tends to persist, irrespective of cognitive disability.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Not known
ISSN: 2046-7443
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
The social process of everyday decision-making by people with dementia and their spousesRES-062-23-2038ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: decision making; dementia; equality; gender; housework
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Nursing
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 40991
Depositing User: Geraldine Boyle
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 10:56
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40991
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