Factors influencing husbands involvement in household chores among dual earner couples in Lusaka's Libala township
Hadunka, Eustekia Mutinta
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A cross sectional study was conducted in Lusaka`s Libala Township. The aims of the study were to assess the level of husbands` involvement in household chores, to identify and examine factors that influence husbands` involvement in household chores, to examine the attitudes of husbands` toward their involvement in household chores and wives attitude toward their husbands` involvement in household chores among dual earner couples. The study revealed that husbands` involvement in household chores is very low especially in female gendered household chores while wives involvement is also very low in male gendered household chores. This is despite husbands` and wives` progressive attitudes that are not translated into behavior. For example less than 4% of these husbands are involved in routine household chores such as cooking, and sweeping, and about 21% of wives are involved in male gendered household chores such as paying bills, and taking children to school. Despite this gendered division of household chores, about 14% of dual earner couples are involved on equal basis in non gendered household chores such as disciplining children and shopping while 2% are involved in routine household chores. Gendered socialization, social networks, type of family (extended family), husband`s attitude, wife`s attitude, husbands` age, age gap between husband and wife, presence of children, and social expectations act as obstacles to husbands involvement in household chores. It was also revealed that the higher income of wives make wives perform more household chores. It was however revealed that higher levels of education and non gendered socialization encourage husband involvement in household chores.
University of Zambia
Thesis(MA)-University of Zambia,2015