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Why Who Cleans CountsWhat Housework Tells Us about American Family Life$
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Shannon Davis and Theodore Greenstein

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336747

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336747.001.0001

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The five classes

The five classes

(p.29) 4 The five classes
Why Who Cleans Counts

Shannon N. Davis

Theodore N. Greenstein

Policy Press

Chapter 4 presents findings from couple-level data from the National Study of Families and Households (Wave 1). We employ latent profile analysis to describe categories, or classes, of couples. We found that couples fell into five categories: Ultra-traditional, Traditional, Transitional Husbands, Egalitarian, and Egalitarian High Workload. This chapter presents the profiles of each of these classes of couples based upon their joint division of labor. The analysis is unique in that we use self-reported data from each spouse in order to document patterns across the 3,906 couples for whom we have complete data.

Keywords:   Housework class membership, Division of housework, Gendered division of labor, Couple-level analysis

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