The effect of domestic labor division, attitudes, and their interaction on marital satisfaction: A longitudinal study in Korea

Ka Lok Adam CHEUNG, Erin Hye-Won KIM

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Abstract

Marital satisfaction is a significant predictor of domestic violence, relationship dissolution and fertility outcomes. This paper investigates determinants of women’s marital satisfaction, focusing on domestic labor division, women’s attitudes toward family formation and gender-roles, and interaction effect between the two. We analyze longitudinal data from the Korean Longitudinal Survey of Women and Families with random-effect and fixed-effect models. Preliminary results show traditional family-formation attitude and liberal gender-role attitude raise marital satisfaction. Both women’s domestic labor provision and husbands’ help are positively associated with marital satisfaction. We find a negative interaction effect between liberal family-formation attitude and women’s domestic labor provision, and a positive interaction effect between liberal gender-role attitude and husbands’ help. This study provides insights on marital dynamics in Korea, as well as other Asia societies where a strong family tradition is still expected and in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

Citation

Cheung, A. K.-L., & Kim, E. H.-W. (2015, April). The effect of domestic labor division, attitudes, and their interaction on marital satisfaction: A longitudinal study in Korea. Paper presented at the Population Association of America (PAA) 2015 Annual Meeting, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA.

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