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Man’s Occupation Predicts Whether He’ll Do Housework

Update Date: Aug 13, 2013 11:20 AM EDT
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Ladies, if you can't stand the thought of cleaning, cooking or doing the laundry, marry a teacher or nurse.

A new study reveals that a man's occupation may determine how much time he spends doing household chores.

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame found that married or cohabitating men employed in heavily female occupations like teaching, childcare work or nursing, spend more time doing housework compared those employed in traditionally male jobs. What's more, their partners spend less time doing housework compared to the partners of those who work in heavily male occupations.

The study also found that when married or cohabitating women spend more time on housework when they work in traditionally female jobs than when they are employed in heavily male occupations. Husbands or partners of women employed in traditionally female jobs also spent less time doing housework.

"Importantly, occupational sex composition is largely unrelated to housework for single men or women, suggesting that occupation influences housework through interactions and negotiations between romantic partners," lead researcher Elizabeth Aura McClintock said in a news release.

The findings will be presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

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